Two members of the National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) fact-finding committee, which was formed to investigate the incident of ‘rape’ of two private university girls at a Banani hotel, visited the spot of occurrence on Saturday.
Md Nazrul Islam, a full-time member of the commission, and convener of the committee, and Sharif Uddin, a director (complaint and investigation), also a committee member, visited Hotel Raintree Dhaka. They arrived at the hotel around 10:00am and talked to the hotel management and its 10 staffs.
They came out of the hotel around 1:00pm and talked to the journalists.In response to a query, probe body convener Nazrul Islam termed the incident as a violation of human rights.
The hotel management claimed that they did not notice anything wrong on that day, Nazrul informed journalists.
He said the committee will submit its report after holding exhaustive investigation into the incident.
The NHRC formed the probe committee on May 8. The committee consists of NHRC honourary member Begum Nurun Nahar Osmani, honourary member Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, director (compliant and investigation) Md Sharif Uddin and assistant director (compliant and investigation) M Rabiul Islam.
The committee will have to submit its report within 15 days after its constitution.
The two private university girls were raped in the posh hotel on March 28.
On May 6, one of the victims filed a rape case with Banana police station against five accused on charges of raping the two. They also gave judicial statements before a magistrate.
Invited to Shafat’s birthday party on March 28, the two girls went to the Banani hotel. After the rooftop party ended around midnight, two accused, Shafat and Nayeem, ‘raped’ them in two hotel rooms, while three other accused, Shadman Sakif, Billal and Azad, helped them.
Meanwhile, a special police team arrested Shafat and Sakif from a house, ‘Rashid Manzil,’ in Pathantola area of Sylhet city following a raid conducted over there on Thursday night.
Later, they were brought to the capital and police produced the two before a Dhaka court on Friday. The court placed Shafat on a six-day remand and Sakif on a five-day remand after police inspector of Women Victims’ Support Centre Ismat Ara Ami, also investigating officer of the case, sought 10-day remand for each of them.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Raihan Ul Islam passed the order.
Police claimed to have found authenticity of allegation against the accused persons.
Three other accused, Nayeem Ashraf, Billal Hossain, Abul Kalam Azad, are now on the run.