A Dhaka court has put the driver of the prime accused in the rape of two university girls in the capital’s Banani on remand for four-day and his bodyguard for three day over the incident that took place around one and a half months ago.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Lashkar Sohel Rana passed the order when Ismat Ara Omi, the investigation officer of the case, produced Shafat Ahmed’s driver Billa and gunman Rahman before it on Tuesday with a plea for 10-day remand for each.
A team of Rapid Action Battalion on Monday arrested Billal from Ibrahim Hotel on Nawabpur Road in Old Dhaka while DB police nabbed gunman Rahman along with a shotgun and 10 bullets from Gulshan area.
Police arrested Shafat and another accused Shadman Sakif from Sylhet in connection with the case on May 11.
Four accused in the case have so far been arrested while another accused -- Nayeem Ashraf -- has been on the run.
The two university girls were allegedly raped at Rainree Hotel on March 28 last.
One of the rape victims filed a case with Banani Police Station on May 6 accusing the five.
Of them, Shafat, 26, and Nayeem, 30, were sued for raping the two students, and Shadman 24, Billal, 26, and Shafat’s bodyguard for abetting the crime.
According to the case statement, the plaintiff along with her friend went to the hotel at Banani to attend the birthday party of Shafat around 9pm on March 28.
Shafat and Nayeem confined them to two rooms of the hotel at gunpoint after the rooftop birthday party was over at midnight. The two girls were made to drink liquor before being raped. Shafat raped the plaintiff, and Shadman Sakif and Nayem her friend.
Driver Billal filmed the incident, she said in the case statement adding that they were introduced with Shafat and Nayeem through Shadman.