Raintree hotel authorities demand exemplary punishment for Mar 28 rapists

Our Correspondent | Published: 19:18 pm, 16 May 2017, Tue

Raintree hotel authorities demand exemplary punishment for Mar 28 rapists

The hotel authorities said by the time they learned about the rape from law enforcers the data had already been overwritten Banani’s Raintree hotel authorities have denied reports of deleting surveillance camera footage of March 28 to protect suspected rapists of two university students. At a media conference on Tuesday, the hotel authorities claimed that they had been cooperating with the investigators and demanded “exemplary punishment” for the rapists. In a statement, handed out to the media after the press briefing, the authorities said the data was automatically overwritten after 30 days. By the time they had learned about the rape from law enforcers – 38 days after the incident – the data had already been overwritten. Two university students filed a case with Banani police earlier this month claiming that they were raped at Raintree hotel by Shafat Ahmed, son of Apan Jewellers owner Dildar Ahmed, and his friends at gunpoint while Shafat’s driver recorded their ordeal on phone. Four of the five accused have so far been arrested. Raintree management also denied reports that its Sales and Marketing Director Mahir Harun had links with Shafat. According to the statement, Shafat had stayed at the hotel only once, on the night of the incident. The statement said that Raintree hotel’s General Manager Frank Forget did not make any statement suggesting that the two students were not raped. The development, on the other hand, had tarnished the hotel’s image and hurt business, the hotel authorities said.

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