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Bangladesh Law Enforcement agencies killed 79 in just 6 months

Written By: Nazmul
02/07/2016 19:03 02/07/2016 18:57
Human rights

In Bangladesh 79 people killed in 'crossfire' or police custody in 6 months reported by Nationa's top English Daily Daily Star ( June 30, 2016 ) from the Ain O Salish Kendra source.

Seventy-nine people were killed either in alleged crossfires or in custody of the law enforcement agencies during the first six months of this year, according to rights organisation Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

Thirty of them were killed in “crossfires” with police, 24 with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and seven with Detective Branch (DB) police, said an ASK report published today. The report is based on reports published in major national dailies.

Besides, one was killed in alleged gunfight with a joint team of police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), six were killed in torture by police and BGB and six in DB and police firings, the report said.

Four died due to illness while one died mysteriously at the custody of a police station, it added.

During this period, law enforcement officers in plainclothes picked up 50 people. Of them, six were found dead, four shown arrested and two others were released later.

According to the ASK report, murder and torture of children increased at an alarming rate. In the last six months, 591 children were tortured in various ways and 235 were killed.

“Fifteen children had committed suicide after the torture,” the ASK report reads.

Signed by ASK’s Assistant Director Jafrin Sattar, the report said total 693 violent incidents took place centering the Union Parishad election held in six phases across the country. About 142 people were killed and 9,085 injured in polls-related violence.

In the last six months, five members of Hindu community including a principal, priest and volunteer of a monastery were killed and 66 houses, 49 idols and temples had been vandalised.

Since January, 42 persons died in jail custody, says the report, adding that among the dead, 14 were inmates and 28 detainees. 

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