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Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Amnesty International has condemned Bangladesh government’s move to use “excessive police force” tackling ongoing violence during the BNP-led 20-party alliance blockade. The global rights watchdog also has called upon the BNP to “exhort their members and supporters to stop politically-motivated criminal acts” in a report published yesterday. Pulling up reference to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s...

Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Lack of justice fuels serious rights violations: HRW

Bangladesh government failed to prosecute security forces for serious abuses including killings, disappearances, and arbitrary arrests, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015 released today. “Government forces committed serious abuses both leading up to and after the January 2014 general election, while opposition parties engaged in violent and indiscriminate attacks to impose...

Shibir man dies ‘in road crash while fleeing Rab custody’

A leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir was killed after being hit by a speeding truck while fleeing Rab custody in the town early yesterday, claimed Rapid Action Battalion. The victim, 20-year-old Asadullah Tuhin, was an HSC student at City College and president of the college unit Shibir. Refuting Rab's claim, his family members said law enforcers picked up the youth at his home and tortured him to death. Meanwhile, the district unit Shibir, the pro-Jamaat students' platform, has called a 48-hour hartal...

Shibir leader killed 'while fleeing Rab custody'

Shibir leader killed 'while fleeing Rab custody'

A leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, was run over by a truck while trying to flee the custody of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chapainawabganj town today, the elite force claimed. Asadullah Tuhin, 20, was Shibir president of City College unit located in the district headquarters, reports our Chapainwabganj...

48 petrol bombs, 2kg gun powder seized in Dhaka

48 petrol bombs, 2kg gun powder seized in Dhaka

Rapid Action Battalion seized 48 petrol bombs and two kilogrammes of gunpowder at Kamrangirchar in Dhaka early today. A team of Rab conducted a raid in Madrasapara area around 4:15am and recovered the petrol bombs and gunpowder from inside an abandoned under-construction building, said ASP Khairul Alam, operation officer of Rab 10. They also recovered 30 empty glass bottles along with one kilogram of potassium and Sulphur each from the site. No one was arrested in this connection. The recovery came on the 21st day of the countrywide nonstop blockade sponsored by the BNP-led 20-party alliance.  

2 ‘criminals’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab

2 ‘criminals’ killed in ‘gunfight’ with Rab

Two suspected criminals were killed in a “gunfight” with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Rampura area of Dhaka early today. Identities of the deceased, aged between 30 and 40, could not be known immediately, Saiful Islam, operational officer of Rab-3, told The Daily Star. A team of Rab-3 set up a check post near Ideal...

Rab announces reward for anarchists’ arrest

Rab announces reward for anarchists’ arrest

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) today announced Tk 10,000 to Tk 1 lakh reward for helping the elite force in arresting anarchists to contain political violence. “Identity of the informers will not be disclosed,” Rab Director General Benazir Ahmed said while addressing a press briefing at Rab headquarters in the morning. The Rab chief came up...

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

‘Criminal’ killed in Comilla ‘gunfight’ with Rab

An alleged criminal was killed in a “gunfight” with members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Daudkandi upazila of Comilla early today, police said. Rab alleged Soleman Uddin Jisan, 32, son of late Abu Bakar from Laxmipur Sadar upazila, died in the gunfight around 4:00am, our Comilla correspondent reports quoting Anamul Haque, a sub-inspector...

Anarchists to be resisted

Rapid Action Battalion chief Benazir Ahmed yesterday said a certain quarter has waged an “undeclared war” against people which should be resisted by forging unity between them and the law enforcement agencies. The country has been passing through a time when innocent people are being killed in arson attacks for no reason. People want relief from this situation, he told a news briefing at Rab-7 headquarters in the port city. Those who are creating anarchy across the country will be...

No plan to deploy army-led joint force: Minister

No plan to deploy army-led joint force: Minister

State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today said there is no plan to deploy the army-led joint force to contain the violence of the BNP-led 20-party alliance-enforced countrywide nonstop blockade. “No such situation has been created, which requires the deployment of the joint forces,” the state minister said. He came up with the remarks...

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