Nine people were arrested on Friday in for brutally torturing a woman at a remote village in Baufal upazila on Thursday.
The law enforcers arrested the nine on Friday night after a video of the woman, being tortured at Charmiyajan village in Chandradwip union, went viral on social media.
The 20-year-old victim is undergoing treatment at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, Patuakhali Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Shahidullah said at a press briefing at his office yesterday.
The viral video shows a young man beating up a woman with a stick while some other people, holding sticks, standing beside them.
Moreover, another youth is seen kicking the woman even after she went unconscious.
Meanwhile, victim's father-in-law Abdus Salam Hawladar filed a case with Baufal Police Station against 18 named and 10 to 12 other unnamed people on Thursday night.
The arrestees are Shakil Hossain, 40, Shah Alam Gazi, 50, Zafar Hawlader, 40, Hridoy Biswas 19, Sajib Hawlader, 19, Monir Mridha, 35, Parvez Mir, 35, Yusuf Mridha, 30, and Azizul Haque, 45. They all hailed from Charmiyajan village.
Of them, prime accused Shakil was arrested from his father-in-law's house in Nazirpur union of the upazila, the SP said, adding that the arrestees will be produced before the court.
Locals said at least 25 people were injured when supporters of two UP member candidates -- Kamal Hossain and Babul Hawlader of Ward 5 under Chandradwip Union -- clashed on Thursday over the UP elections, which was scheduled to be held on April 11 but postponed due to the Covid-19 situation.
At one stage of the clash, the victim appeared on the scene and tried to protect her husband from the rivals, who then beat her mercilessly.
Later, locals rescued the victim and her husband and admitted them to Baufal Upazila Health Complex, from where they shifted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
A local youth captured the video of the incident and shared it on social media the same day.
According to the Baufal health complex, the woman sustained serious injuries in various parts of her body. Her right leg was broken, and she underwent surgery.
Her husband suffered fractures in his arms and legs.