Monday, May 21, 2007
89 killed in law enforcers' operations in 120 days of emergency!
Eighty nine people were allegedly killed during operations by law enforcement personnel and 1,75,435 were reported arrested in 120 days since declaration of emergency in Bangladesh (Jan 11), according to rights watchdog Odhikar. Of the 89 killed, 49 were victims of activities (47 in so-called crossfire and two later in hospital after Rab arrest) by the Rab (Rapid Action Battalion ), 23 by police, seven by joint forces, six by the army, three by the navy and one by Department of Narcotics Control personnel. Twelve were police 'crossfire' victims, five allegedly died due to police torture, three shot dead, one died in police custody while two died in hospital after arrest by police. Four were reportedly killed allegedly due to torture by army, one died while trying to escape from the army van while another one died in hospital after arrest by the army. Of the 89, eight were from BNP, four from Awami League, six from Jonojuddho, four from Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), three from PBCP (Red Flag), two from Biplobi Communist Party, one from New Biplobi Communist Party, two from Gono Mukti Fouz, one from Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), three from Sromojibi Mukti Andolon, four from Sarbahara Party, one was a freedom fighter, one an indigenous leader while one was reported as an 'extremist'. Among others were three from Gangchil Bahini, one each from Masim Bahini, Hazi Bahini and Salam Bahini, three suspected firearm smugglers, two alleged muggers, one an alleged gambler, two alleged drug peddlers, 10 alleged dacoits and 17 alleged criminals.