Seventy-nine people were killed at the ‘hands of law enforcement agencies’-- either in reported ‘crossfire or in custody’ - in the first half of the current year, according to a human rights body.
Of the victims, 24 were killed in “crossfire” with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) while 30 with police, seven with Detective Branch (DB) of police and another lost his life in gunfight with joint force comprising police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said a report of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) released on Thursday.
The report, which was complied based on reports published in major national dailies, said five people were killed due to alleged torture in police custody while one was killed under DB custody.
Five people were killed in police firing and another one in firing by BGB during the period from January 1 to June 30.
Besides, four people died in police station lockups due to illness and another died mysteriously during the same period.
The report said members of law enforcement agencies in plainclothes picked up 50 people in the last six months. Of them, bodies of six people were found later while four were shown arrested and two others released.
Some 235 children were killed and 591 others tortured in various ways during the same period, according to the report.
The report also said 693 violent incidents took place across the country centering on the recent Union Parishad elections held in six phases when at least 142 people lost their lives and 9,085 others sustained injuries.
Besides, in 118 incidents of political violence during the period 12 people were killed and 1,205 others injured.
Five Hindu community members, including a priest and a volunteer of a monastery, were killed and 66 houses were either torched or vandalised while 49 idols and temples ransacked in the January-June period.