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Five indicted in Rupa murder case

Five indicted in Rupa murder case

Tangail, Nov 29: A court here on Wednesday framed charge against five accused in a case filed over the murder of Zakia Sultana Rupa, a law student and multinational company employee, after gang rape in a running bus, reports UNB. Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal acting Judge Rabiul Hasan, also Tangail District and Sessions Judge, passed the order rejecting discharge petition and bail petition filed by the accused. The court also set January 3 next to record deposition of witnesses in the case. On October 25, a court here accepted the chargesheet against the accused-bus driver Habibur, its supervisor Safar Ali, and helpers Shamim, Akram and Jahangir-in the case. Rupa, 27, was murdered after gang rape in the running bus while returning to Mymensingh from Bogra on August 25. Police recovered the bloodstained body of Rupa from Panchmail area of Madhupur upazila on that night. Following post-mortem, she was buried at the town central graveyard as unclaimed body. Later, the victim's relatives identified her seeing her photograph. On August 28, police arrested the five accused from Mymensingh over the killing of Rupa. On August 31, police exhumed the body of Rupa and handed it over to her family for burial in a proper manner. Rupa, who completed her Masters from Bogra Azizul Haque College, was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College. She was working at Unilever Bangladesh Limited at its Sherpur branch.

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