Police have arrested five people, including key accused businessman Nasir Uddin Mahmud, in a case filed for attempting to rape and murder popular film actress and model Shamsunnahar Smrity, popularly known as Pori Moni.
They were arrested from Uttara area of the capital on Monday.
Harunur Rashid, joint commissioner (North) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) confirmed the matter to Banglanews.
The Detective Branch (DB) of DMP arrested them from a house on 12 number Road at Sector-1 of Uttara.
Drugs were used in the name of DJ party during the operation, he said, adding various types of drugs including liquor, beer and yaba were recovered from the spot.
The arrested persons are being taken to the police headquarters, Harunur Rashid added.
Earlier, the actress filed a case with Savar police station accusing six people on Monday morning.
On Sunday night, the actress alleged in a press conference that Nasir U Mahmud, former president of Uttara Club Limited and a businessperson named Omie wanted to rape and murder her.
On June 10, Pori Moni along with Omie and make-up artist Jimmy visited a club where Omie introduced them to some of his acquaintances, who were drinking alcohol.
"Last Wednesday, at midnight, Omie took me to a club at Birulia. I met Nasir U Mahmud that day and he introduced himself as the president of Dhaka Boat Club," she said.
She also said one of them forced a glass to her face and started touching her inappropriately. When she resisted, they went on to hit both Jimmy and Pori Moni, the actress said.
The actress said: "They physically assaulted me and tried to kill me. Omie was also involved in the whole setup."
Earlier in a facebook post, she appealed to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to ensure investigation into the incident and punishment to the perpetrator.
The appeal reads “I am Pori Moni, an abiding citizen of the country and also a film actress. I have fallen victim to physical torture. I have escaped a rape and assassination plot. I pray for justice.”
Pori Moni said she went from door to door seeking justice.
She also said: “I did not get anybody to take the matter seriously. Everybody listened to the incident and just kept mum. If I refrain from seeking punishment to the offender, I will follow example of many other women who just tolerated injustice silently and blamed their fate.”
Addressing Prime Minister as “Mother”, Pori Moni requested her to extend help to save life.
“I need you, mother (Prime Minister). I want to live. Please save my life,” Pori Moni said.
BDST: 1610 HRS, JUN 14, 2021