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ASK: Extrajudicial killings on the decline

  • Published at 06:25 pm October 29th, 2020
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‘Extrajudicial killings came down significantly since July 31, after Major (retd) Sinha was killed in a police firing’

The number of extrajudicial killings has seen a considerable fall since August as only nine people became victims of such incidents by October 25, according to rights group Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).

Revealing the updated figures at a virtual conference on Thursday, ASK Assistant Co-coordinator Tamanna Hoq said extrajudicial killings came down significantly since July 31, when Major (retd) Sinha Md Rashed Khan was killed in a police firing.

Since then, only three people have been killed on an average every month, Tamanna told the event citing the rights body’s latest report.

At least 219 people died either in the custody of law enforcement agencies or in reported gunfights, from January to October 25, the report said.

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The highest of 50 people were killed in July, added the report that was prepared based on information gathered from nine national dailies, online news portals, and ASK's own findings.

Bangladesh was rocked by the July 31 killing of a retired army officer in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, causing over 1,300 policemen to be removed from Cox’s Bazar in the biggest reshuffle in police in the country’s history.

Also, in a latest development, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the US government urged the Trump administration to impose sanction on senior officials of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), for reportedly killing more than 400 people extrajudicially since 2015.