Police are yet to arrest any of the five accused in a case filed over raping two university students at hotel in the capital’s Banani.
The son of an owner of Apan Jewellers is among the five men accused of raping two university students in a hotel in Dhaka.
One of the accused is 26-year-old Safat Ahmed, son of Dildar Ahmed, who owns Apan Jewellers, one of the top jewelry brands in Bangladesh.
The victims named the five, including two of their university friends, saying they were sexually attacked and filmed after they were invited to a birthday party at the Raintree Hotel in Dhaka on March 28.
The two girls said they did not file the case earlier because the accused threatened them in various ways that included killing them.
They said the others were Safat’s friends — Nayeem Ashraf, 30, Sadman Sakif, 24 — and his driver Billal, 26. The case mentions the fifth suspect as Safat’s unidentified bodyguard.
The girls accused Safat and Nayeem of locking them up in a room and raping them overnight, according to case details. The two raped the girls at gunpoint while the three others helped them and filmed the incident.
Police raided Safat’s Gulshan-2 home several times but did not find him there, police sources said.
The girl alleged that the case was registered by Banani police after a long delay.
She first went to the police station on Friday evening where the officers refused to file the case. She managed to lodge a written complaint on Saturday morning and it was filed as a case at night.
Around 10:30 pm yesterday, the girls were sent to the Victim Support Centre in Tejgaon.
Duty officer at the centre said they received the two around midnight.
It is claimed by the plaintiff that she and the other girl got acquainted with the two culprits through one of their friends early March.
After being invited to a birthday party, she along with her friend went to the hotel around 8:30pm on March 28, where the two accused trapped them in two rooms at gunpoint after the rooftop party ended around midnight, adding that she was raped twice by one of them. Her friend was raped in the other room by the other culprit, basing on what the other university girl had told her.
The plaintiff alleged that police were delaying while filing the case because the accused were from rich families and that there could be an underhand dealing.
Police refuted the allegation, saying they took time for primary investigation as the girl came to the police station more than a month after the incident.
An official at the hotel said there was a birthday party on the night of March 28 and two rooms were booked by the host and one of his friends for that day.
Around 9:00am the next day, the youths along with two girls left the hotel and nothing seemed unusual when they checked out. No complaint was made.
However, the plaintiff claimed that both of the girls were crying while leaving but no hotel official came to help them. They could not submit any complaint as the rapists were with them.
The hotel authorities said they don’t have any CCTV image of that day as they have the capacity to store footage of one month only.