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Rab protests HRW report

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Staff Correspondent

Hours after the release of Human Rights Watch's report yesterday, Rapid Action Battalion rejected outright the report terming it baseless, motivated and fabricated.
“Human Rights Watch's report is baseless and intentional. It is trying to instigate militancy and criminal activities to deteriorate law and order in the country,” Commander M Sohail, director of Rab's Legal and Media Wing, told a press conference at the Rab headquarters in the capital.
“We are protesting the report through the press. We will send a letter of protest to them and, if necessary, we will seek legal remedy,” he noted.
Some local upstart rights bodies and vested quarters are helping the HRW to hatch a plot against the country, complained the Rab official. He however did not elaborate on the local upstart rights bodies.
Brad Adams, director of HRW in Asia, launched the report “The Fear Never Leaves Me” at a press briefing in the capital. The report deals with the BDR (Bangladesh Rifles, now Border Guard Bangladesh) mutiny in April 2009 and its aftermath.
The report claimed that Rab has been involved in many human rights abuses against the accused in BDR mutiny cases.
The HRW demanded the government disband Rab to stop such human rights violation.
The Rab is neither interrogating the mutiny suspects nor investigating the incident, said Sohail, so no question arises of taking the mutiny suspects into Rab's custody.
While preparing the report, the HRW did not contact Rab for its version, he added.
Contacted, Senior Secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed of the home ministry said autopsies were carried out on the bodies of the mutiny suspects, who died in custody. But the findings of the autopsies did not mention about any sign of torture on the bodies.

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