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ASK raises concerns over 18 killed in 'gunfights'

  • Published at 06:25 pm May 21st, 2018
  • Last updated at 07:15 pm May 21st, 2018
A policeman stands with a gun at Dhaka's Karwanbazar Dhaka Tribune

102 people have been killed in 'gunfights' this year, the rights group said

The rights group Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) has expressed concerns over the deaths of a large number of people in 'gunfights' with RAB and police in the last six days.

In a press release on Monday, ASK said 18 people were killed in 'gunfights' in the last six days and between the beginning of this year and May 21, 102 people were killed.

ASK called the deaths very alarming.

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The release said according to media reports the government has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to illegal drugs, leading to regular law enforcement drives against drugs this month.

Around 2,300 people were arrested in these drives, it said.

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“We welcome the government's strong position against the terrible epidemic of drugs, but careful scrutiny is required so that the steps taken towards this end do not violate existing laws or the principles of human rights,” the organization said.

“We hope that the law enforcement will be instructed for this purpose,” it said.