Police yesterday said they did not find any evidence of a sub-inspector’s involvement in the gang rape of a woman in Jashore’s Sharsha upazila in September last year.
The name of SI Khairul Islam, the then in-charge of Gorpara Camp, came up in the victim’s statement to journalists on September 5.
She told them that Khairul along with several others came to her house around 2:30am on September 3 and demanded Tk 50,000 for the release of her husband, who had been arrested a few days before in a narcotics-related case.
As she refused to give them money, the SI and the others raped her, she alleged. The following day, she filed a rape case against four people -- three named and one unnamed.
At a press briefing at the Jashore office of Police Bureau of Investigation yesterday, MKH Jahangir Hossain, additional superintendent of police of the PBI, said they analysed mobile phone call lists, government records, and statements of two of the accused during the over four-month long probe.
But it was not primarily proved that SI Khairul was present at the victim’s house on September 3.
DNA tests were conducted on all the four accused and the test results showed that only one of the accused was involved in the incident, he said.
Talking to The Daily Star yesterday, the victim said, “I have no complaint against police.”
She declined to make further comments.
The rape incident came to light after the victim, a mother of two, talked to reporters while receiving treatment at a Jashore hospital.
A day after filing the rape case against the four, she claimed that though she had identified Khairul as her rapist, she did not name him in the case out of fear when senior police officers had brought the SI before her.
Later, police arrested three of the accused -- Abdul Quader, 40; Kamruzzaman Kamrul, 40, and Abdul Latif, 50.
Our Benapole correspondent contributed to this report.