Garo woman gang-rape: Cops foil Secretariat besiege move

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Staff Correspondent: Police today barred a procession when it was going to besiege home ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat demanding maximum punishment for those who gang-raped a Garo woman on May 21.

The law enforcers barred the agitators when the procession reached near Curzon Hall from Aparajeyo Bangla of the Dhaka University campus around 11:45am. Faced with barbwire barricades, they started protest and staged a sit-in there.

Bangladesh Garo Chhatra Sangathan, Bangladesh Hajong Chhatra Sangathan, Chanchia (a platform of the Garo community) and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, who organised the programme, were continuing their protest till 12:30pm.

The indigenous woman was gang-raped inside a running microbus in the capital's Kuril area on May 21.

The two drivers of a garment buying house at Gulshan were arrested by Rapid Action Battalion on May 27 for allegedly committing the crime.

The incident sparked a wave of protest across the country with people from all quarters particularly indigenous people condemning the incident.