11 Perpetrators of Tangail Night Coach Dacoity, Rape Admit Guilt

Tangail Chief Judicial Magistrate Court
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Mahmudul Hasan Munna alias Ratan Hossain, prime accused in bus dacoity and rape case in Tangail, and his accomplice Abdul Mannan submitted confessional statements in the court on Thursday.

The duo confessed to committing the crimes under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in front of Tangail Chief Judicial Magistrate Nawrin Karim.With them, a total of 11 accused admitted to have committed the dacoity and rape in the running bus.

On August 3, a crime occurred in Raktipara area of Tangail’s Madhupur upazila giving Goosebumps to all.

Hailing from Kushtia, the bus took the busy Dhaka-Tangail Highway in the Natiapara area. Posing as passengers, the seven dacoits boarded the bus in two groups in a span of 10 minutes around 11pm after it resumed its onward journey following a stopover at a hotel in Sirajganj district.

The dacoits took control of the bus at gunpoint and compelled the driver to run the vehicle towards Madhupur upazila.

Twenty-four people, including 22 passengers and two staffers, were on board the bus of ‘Eagle Paribahan’ at the time were held hostage.

At one stage, the armed gang robbed the twenty-four people, including 22 passengers of cash, jewellery and mobile phones.They blindfolded the passengers and raped a woman commuter on board.

Later, a case was filed with Tangail police station in this regard.

On August 8, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested the ten accused including mastermind Ratan Hossain from different places of Dhaka and Gazipur and held a press briefing.

*Compiled from The Daily Sun

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