Ten members of the robber gang, who were arrested from Dhaka, Gazipur and Sirajganj on Sunday for committing robbery on a moving bus and gang raping a young woman in Tangail, were handed over to Detective Branch (DB) of police on Monday night.
The third company commander of Tangail RAB-12 Major Mohammad Anisuzzaman said that the arrestees, including the mastermind Ratan, were brought to Tangail at 8:00pm and later handed over to DB.
With this, all 13 culprits involved in the spine-chilling incident have been arrested. Earlier, police arrested three robbers – Raja Mia, Abdul Awal and Nurnabi -- from Tangail and Gazipur.
In the early hours of August 3, an ‘Eagle Paribahan’ bus, which was going to Narayanganj from Kushtia, came under the robber attack in Tangail.
The robbers looted cash and other valuables of passengers after holding them hostage at gunpoint and gang raped a young woman before fleeing with the booty after the three-hour horror.
A female passenger filed a case against 10-12 unknown people with Madhupur Police Station on the same day alleging that she was gang raped by the robbers on the bus.
Moin said some other female passengers of the bus also fell victims to molestation during the robbery.
The RAB officer said during conversation with Raja, Ratan proposed committing robbery on buses when Raja asked him to organise other members of the gang.
Then Ratan informed Mannan, Jibon, Dipu, Awal and Nurnabi of the plan. Later, Mannan informed Sohagh, Aslam, Rasel, Nayeem and Alauddin of the matter.
As per their plan, a group of 13 robbers, led by Ratan, took part in the robbery on the ‘Eagle Paribahan’ bus.
Around 1:00am on August 3, Ratan, Raja, Mannan and Nurnabi first got into the bus from Sirajganj Mor Road area after posing as passengers. After a while, other members boarded the vehicle.
The bus had 24 passengers. When it reached Tangail, the robbers took control of it and Ratan was driving it while others tied the passengers and looted their cash and valuables.
Ratan began committing robbery in 2018 and he landed in jail twice earlier, Moin said.
The robber gang, led by him, has committed several robberies so far.