Two gang-rape suspects were injured in a reported gunfight with police at Baldakhal in Daudkandi upazila on Sunday afternoon.
Police arrested the bullet-hit suspects -– Golam Rabbi and Rabbi Ahmed — after the gun battle and took them to Comilla Medical College Hospital under their custody, said officer-in-charge of Daudkandi Police Station M Rafiqul Islam.
He said Golam Rabbi had developed love affairs with the victim, 20, worker of a garment factory in Chattogram city following their acquaintance through Facebook.
He asked the girl, hailing from Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali, to come to his house saying his parents gave their consent to their marriage and they wanted to directly see her.
The RMG worker reached Daudkandi on Friday midnight by a bus from Chattogram, the OC said.
Golam Rabbi along with his friends Al Amin, Rabbi Ahmed and Rafique took her to a fish enclosure at Malikhil in the upazila and raped her in turns throughout the night, he said.
Following a complaint filed by the victim, police arrested Al Amin on Saturday when he confessed to his involvement in the incident, Rafiqul said.
Based on information gleaned from Al Amin, a police team conducted a drive in Baldakhal Sluice Gate area around 3pm on Sunday to arrest the rest of the accused.
However, the accused opened fire on law enforcers that forced them to retaliate which triggered a gunfight, the OC said, adding that Golam Rabbi and Rabbi Ahmed were caught in the line of fire and sustained bullet wounds.
Four policemen were also injured in the gun battle, he claimed, adding that they recovered a pipe gun, three bullets and some sharp weapons from the spot.unb