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1 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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275 die in custody, extrajudicial killings in 6 months: ASK

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Some 275 people were killed in incidents of 'gunfight' and 'crossfire' with law enforcers, and in custody of law enforcement agencies, or being shot by law enforcers from January 1 to June 30 this year, said Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), reports UNB. In its report published yesterday, the rights body also said 427 women were raped across the country during the period and it urged the government to uphold and ensure human rights.

It said the overall human rights situation in Bangladesh remained at an alarming level in the first six months of 2018 due to a sharp rise in the cases of extrajudicial killings and custodial deaths. "The number of cases of rapes and sexual assaults on women also marked a rise."

The rights body prepared the report based on information published in national dailies in addition to its own findings.

Among the 275 victims of extrajudicial killings, 176 were killed in between May 15 and June 30 in 'gunfights' with law enforcers amid the anti-narcotics drive that began on May 4, according to the ASK report. So far, 66 people were killed in incidents of 'crossfire' with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), 141 with police, 31 with DB police, and one with Naval police, the report revealed.

A total of 18 bullet-hit bodies were recovered, while one reportedly committed suicide in prison and five died in police custody after falling sick during the period, the report added.

Also, 50 people, including 22 prisoners and 28 detainees, died in prisons during the last six months. A total of 427 women were raped across the country during the period and 37 of them were killed after rape while three committed suicide, says the report.

 

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