The railway authorities have filed a departmental case against the attendant Akkas Gazi (32) who is accused of raping a girl (14) who had boarded the Lalmoni Express train by mistake. This case has been filed in the department on Thursday morning. Earlier on Wednesday, Akkas Gazi was temporarily suspended from his job. Besides, the railway department has constituted a four-member investigation committee in this incident. The committee has been asked to submit its inquiry report within three working days.
A criminal case was registered against Akkas Gazi in the same incident at Lalmonirhat GRP police station yesterday around 12:30 noon. Assistant Deputy Inspector (ASI) of GRP police station. Ruhul Amin filed the case under the Women and Child Abuse Prevention Act. After the case, Akkas Gazi was arrested and handed over to the Lalmonirhat court in the afternoon and the court sent him to jail. Akkas Gazi’s house is in Shaistabad area of Barisal Sadar Upazila.
Meanwhile, today afternoon, the victim girl Lalmonirhat gave a statement under section 22 in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court. Later in the afternoon, he was handed over to the family members by the court.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Lalmonirhat GRP police station. Ferdous Ali said, the girl’s health was examined at Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital this morning and her DNA sample was taken. Then the girl gave a statement in court. In the afternoon, his family members left for home in Mymensingh with him.
According to Lalmonirhat Divisional Railway Office sources, Lalmonirhat Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Abduch Salam has given instructions to form a four-member investigation committee on the allegations of rape in the cabin of Lalmonirhat Express train. In the light of the directive, a four-member committee has been formed headed by the divisional transport officer Abdullah Al Mamun. Other members of the committee are the divisional mechanical engineer. Tasruzzaman, Lalmonirhat Railway Divisional Hospital Doctor Mahfuzur Rahman Bhuiyan and Lalmonirhat Railway Security Force Commandant Shafiqur Rahman. The inquiry committee has been asked to submit a written report to the Lalmonirhat Railway Divisional Manager within three working days.
Member of the investigation committee. Tasruzzaman told Prothom Alo that passengers are the deposit of railways, doing any harm to them is a serious crime. Steps will be taken to identify all those involved and bring them under the law.
ASI Md. the plaintiff in the case at GRP police station. Ruhul Amin told Prothom Alo, “Akkas Ghazi was detained in the cabin of the Lalmoni Express train and during interrogation, he admitted the complaint of the girl and held my feet in front of everyone and apologized. Which I have also mentioned in the statement of the case.
According to the statement of the case, the Lalmoni Express train in which the incident of rape took place, left from Dhaka’s Kamalapur railway station for Lalmonirhat last Tuesday night. The girl from Ishwarganj, Mymensingh got on that train by mistake. Arrived at Lalmonirhat Teesta railway station at 10:30 am yesterday. Then the law enforcement officers on duty in the train heard the crying of a girl from inside the cabin number 7 of the ‘B’ compartment of the train. The cabin door was closed then. In this situation, after a lot of pushing and shouting, the accused attendant Akkas Gazi, who was inside the cabin, opened the door. Then the girl was found naked.
The statement also said that after the girl was rescued, when asked by the people present, she told the whole incident. The girl said that she was supposed to go to Mymensingh from Joydevpur railway station. By mistake he boarded the Lalmony Express train. At around 2.30 am the train attendant Akkas Ghazi came to check his ticket. As he did not have a ticket, Akkas Gazi made him sit on a seat. After that, around 8:30 in the morning, the attendant brought her from the seat to the cabin, closed the door and raped her.
After the girl was rescued, she was admitted to the gynecology ward of Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital. This morning, Hasina Begum, the medical officer on duty at the hospital, told Prothom Alo, “We will try to give a report as soon as possible.” The victim’s DNA has been taken, it will be sent to Dhaka for testing.’ Doctor Hasina said to the question whether there are signs of rape or not, ‘talking to the victim also felt like it. We have to wait for the final report to be sure.
Lalmonirhat women’s rights organizer S Tabassum Raihan Mustazir said, “Such incidents can discourage women from traveling by train.” Strict punishment to those involved in such heinous crimes will restore the confidence of passengers, especially women and children.
The girl’s house is in a village of Ishwarganj upazila of Mymensingh. Today around two o’clock in the house, no one else was found in the family except one of his speech-impaired brothers. Neighboring women said that other members of the family left for Lalmonirhat last night after learning about the incident. When the girl’s father spoke on the phone, she said that she was in the car. Going to the girl.
The elder uncle of the girl said that his younger brother lives with his wife and two daughters in Joydevpur New Bazaar area of Gazipur. Bhai (Kishori’s father) works as a laborer there. Brother’s wife works as a cook in various messes. Their elder daughter works in a garment factory. The younger daughter stays with her mother as she is younger. On the other hand, two sons live in the village house. The elder son studies. The little boy is speech impaired.
Men and women rushed from nearby houses after being identified as journalists. A former member of the local union council (70) said that they received this news yesterday. The fact that a train attendant could commit such a crime shocked and angered them. How does such a criminal get an important position in a passenger train?
Hearing the comments of the former public representative, the men and women of the village raised their hands and demanded a quick and strict trial of the accused attendant. The villagers demanded compensation from the government for the girl.
According to the prothomalo