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Bangladeshis Call for End to Extrajudicial Killings, Torture by Anti-Terror Police Unit
Last year, government officials in Bangladesh assured the international community that extrajudicial killings had stopped. But a new human rights report reveals that Bangladesh’s anti-terror police unit killed one person extrajudicially every four days between January and July 2011. Unit authorities attribute deaths to crossfire, while residents say they are scared as activists, students, doctors, prisoners and accused criminals continue to die and disappear.
DHAKA, BANGLADESH – Limon Hossain, a college student with dark brown eyes, was returning home to Chhaturia, a village in Bangladesh, with his family’s cows when he was shot by members of a police unit. The injury caused him to lose his left leg.

Some alleged that the Rapid Action Battalion, RAB, the anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of the Bangladesh Police department, shot him on purpose. But the RAB maintains that Hossain was caught in crossfire.

Before he was shot in March, Hossain was charged with obstructing the arms act and government duty by attempting to murder and injure RAB personnel. Soon after the shooting, Henu Ara Begum, Hossain’s mother, filed a case with the senior judicial magistrate’s court against several RAB personnel, suggesting her son was shot instead of proceeding with the formal charges against him in court.

Mokhlesur Rahman, RAB director general, maintains that Hossain was the accidental victim of a shootout between RAB and criminals.

“Limon is a young boy, not a notorious criminal, but an accused in a criminal case,” he said during a media briefing here. “He just became the victim of the incident.”

Begum says she is scared for her family’s well-being.

“We are scared by the RAB professionals and under pressure to withdraw the case,” Begum says. “Thanks to the National Human Rights Commission and other human rights organization who are actually safeguarding me and my family to seek justice.”

Read more: http://www.globalpressinstitute.org/global-news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshis-call-end-extrajudicial-killings-torture-anti-terror-police-#ixzz1UnBTq2PL

Bangladeshis Call for End to Extrajudicial Killings, Torture by Anti-Terror Police Unit

Last year, government officials in Bangladesh assured the international community that extrajudicial killings had stopped. But a new human rights report reveals that Bangladesh’s anti-terror police unit killed one person extrajudicially every four days between January and July 2011. Unit authorities attribute deaths to crossfire, while residents say they are scared as activists, students, doctors, prisoners and accused criminals continue to die and disappear.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH – Limon Hossain, a college student with dark brown eyes, was returning home to Chhaturia, a village in Bangladesh, with his family’s cows when he was shot by members of a police unit. The injury caused him to lose his left leg.

Some alleged that the Rapid Action Battalion, RAB, the anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of the Bangladesh Police department, shot him on purpose. But the RAB maintains that Hossain was caught in crossfire.

Before he was shot in March, Hossain was charged with obstructing the arms act and government duty by attempting to murder and injure RAB personnel. Soon after the shooting, Henu Ara Begum, Hossain’s mother, filed a case with the senior judicial magistrate’s court against several RAB personnel, suggesting her son was shot instead of proceeding with the formal charges against him in court.

Mokhlesur Rahman, RAB director general, maintains that Hossain was the accidental victim of a shootout between RAB and criminals.

“Limon is a young boy, not a notorious criminal, but an accused in a criminal case,” he said during a media briefing here. “He just became the victim of the incident.”

Begum says she is scared for her family’s well-being.


“We are scared by the RAB professionals and under pressure to withdraw the case,” Begum says. “Thanks to the National Human Rights Commission and other human rights organization who are actually safeguarding me and my family to seek justice.”


Read more: http://www.globalpressinstitute.org/global-news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshis-call-end-extrajudicial-killings-torture-anti-terror-police-#ixzz1UnBTq2PL

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