A union parishad (UP) chairman in Fulgazi upazila of the district was arrested yesterday on charge of raping a woman who went to his office for personal work.
The arrestee is Sadar UP Chairman Nurul Islam, also joint general secretary of upazila Awami League (AL).
The victim is under treatment at Feni Sadar Hospital. A case under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act has been filed with Fulgazi Police Station by her family.
Police and family sources said a woman from Bijoypur village in Sadar union, along with her nephew, a student of Class V, went to Nurul's office to make a complaint about family problems.
Nurul gave the boy some money and sent him to a shop. Then he raped the woman.
On returning from the shop, the boy found the door of the chairman's room closed from inside and also heard someone groaning. He shouted for help while Nurul fled the scene.
Locals took the woman to Fulgazi Upazila Health Complex. Later, she was sent to Feni District Sadar Hospital for physical test.
Resident Medical Officer Reaz Uddin Chowdhury said a medical board did the physical test.
Fulgazi upazila AL general secretary, also upazila parishad Chairman, Abdul Alim Majumder said he has heard of the matter.
Officer-in-Charge of the police station Md Humayun Kabir said the victim's mother-in-law filed a case, accusing Nurul. Police arrested him the same night.