3,000 extrajudicial killings in ten years: BNP

Staff Correspondent

14 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) claimed that around 3,000 people have been victims to ‘extrajudicial killings’ across the country during the current Awami League regime.

"About 3,000 people have been the victims of extrajudicial killings in the country by police, RAB and DB personnel from January 2009 to December 2019, and most of them are opposition leaders and activists,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Speaking on a virtual press briefing from his Uttara residence in the capital on Thursday, he said, “Some 134 people also met the same fate from January to June 25 this year and most of them are opposition leaders and activists.” Mirza Fakhrul also claimed 795 people died in jail while 601 were made disappeared over the last 10 years.

“Besides, 7,806 women were raped, 1,934 children tortured and 18 children killed during the period,” the BNP leader said.

Fakhrul said over one lakh ‘political cases’ have been filed against around 35 lakh leaders and activists of the party.

“These statistics demonstrate that our beloved homeland which was liberated in exchange for the blood of lakhs of martyrs, the honour and chastity of lakhs of mothers and sisters has now become a valley of death,” he said.

Referring to statistics provided by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), the BNP secretary general said some 196 people became the victims of extrajudicial killings or custodial deaths from January to July 28 this year while 388 in 2019, 466 in 2018, 162 in 2017 and 195 in 2016.

About the murder of retired army major Sinha Md Rashed, he said family members of Major Sinha  filed a case against police for killing him.

“We want a fair trial in the murder of Sinha. We also want trial in all the extrajudicial killings, and we believe justice will prevail if a pro-people government is installed in the country,” Mirza Fakhrul said.