Cumilla: Police arrested a driver and his associate on charges of attempting to rape a physically challenged seven-year-old girl on the bus at Kotabari Chattar in Sadar Dakshin upazila on Thursday.
The arrestees were identified as driver Md Selim, 60, of Amanatpur village in Begumganj upazila and his associate Abu Zafar, 35, of Barishal district, reports UNB.Mamunur Rashid, officer-in-charge of Sadar Dakshin Police Station, said the locals rescued the girl and handed over the culprits the police after giving a mass thrashing.
Eyewitness Mazharul Alam, a student of Comilla University, said he and some of his friends were waiting for a bus in the area and they heard screaming of a girl from a parked bus on the opposite side of the road.
“We rushed there and found the girl’s hands tied with a piece of rope while the driver and his two of associates were inside the bus,” he said.
One associate, however, managed to flee from the scene, he added.