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Chittagong police still clueless over rape, death of minor

  • Published at 04:18 am January 31st, 2019
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No arrests have been made in the case

The police are still clueless about the identity of one or more culprits who tortured and raped a minor girl in Chittagong; leading to her death five days later.

No clue has yet been found, and no arrests have been made.

The unidentified minor girl, about 11 years old, was rescued by the police on January 23 from the port city’s Uttar Kattali embankment area. She was admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH), but died at the Intensive Care Unit on January 28. 

Locals had found the girl in an unconscious state with multiple bruises on her: neck, hands, legs and thighs. Her mouth was tied with a scarf and one finger of her right hand was broken. Police arrived at the scene after receiving a tip-off and took the girl to CMCH. 

Responding to a query, Sub Inspector Nurul Alam of Akbarshah police station said: "During primary investigation, signs of rape and physical torture were detected. So, a rape case was filed in connection with this on January 28.”

Sub Inspector Badiul Alam, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, said one or more miscreants dumped the little girl in a desolate place that had no CCTV coverage.

He continued: "We could obtain some CCTV footage but these units are far away from the crime scene. Right now we are examining the available footage. No general diary was filed regarding a missing or abducted minor girl in the past few days. 

“The police are trying to identify the victim by circulating her photo in other police stations and on social media platforms. We have shown her photo to many people living adjacent to the spot. People suspect that she is a Rohingya girl due to her facial features. We hope to make visible headway into the investigation soon.”

Giving more details, the police SI said: “We suspect that the little girl was a domestic helper, and she went through a prolonged physical assault. The doctor wrote physical assault as the cause of death on her death certificate.

“We suspect that she might have been raped. However, we are waiting for the autopsy report.”

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