A leader of MC College Chhatra League, Saifur was nabbed from bordering Chhatak in the northeastern district of Sunamganj, early on Sunday, before he could cross the border into India, said police.
Chhatak police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Habibur Rahman Lipon, said: “Saifur changed his appearance to avoid arrest. He shaved his beard and mustache and was hiding his face with a hoodie jacket.”
“During interrogation, he [Siaifur] said he was in Sylhet right after the incident. Then he went to his uncle's home in Bishwanath upazila of the district and from there he wanted to cross the border to India on Sunday morning.
“He then confessed to his involvement in the incident.”
The police official also said that Saifur, interrogated, gave a detailed description of the incident but did not show any remorse.
“We have handed him over to Shah Paran police station,” SI Habib added.
According to several students of MC College, Saifur, a post-graduate of the college’s English department, was infamous for eve-teasing and because of this, many female students were forced to change academic institutions.
Saifur and his associates even extorted money from students of the college, they added.
According to sources, the victim and her husband were visiting the college campus in Sylhet’s Tilagarh.
At one point in the night, their car was intercepted by a group of Chhatra League men who then confined the woman's husband in a room and gang raped the woman inside the car.
Police rescued the couple from the hostel premises and admitted the woman to the One Stop Crisis Centre of Sylhet’s Osmani Medical College Hospital on Friday around 10:30pm.
Following the incident, the woman’s husband filed a case with Shah Paran police station against eight to nine people citing six names, said Officer-in-Charge (OC), Abdul Kayum Chowdhury.
The five others named in the case are Arjun Laskar, Shah Mahbubur Rahman Rony, Tarek Ahmad, Robiul Islam, and Mahfuzur Rahman. All the accused are leaders and activists of Chhatra League, the sources added.
All of them have been staying at the hostel although the institution and its dormitory were closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.