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Odhikar: 335 killed in ‘crossfire’ with law enforcement in 7 months

  • Published at 10:32 am August 2nd, 2018
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In July alone, 67 people were killed in alleged crossfire with law enforcement

On average, nearly 50 people have been killed every month, since January, in what law enforcement describes as crossfire — rights group Odhikar says in a report.

Most of the deaths – 149 – were recorded in May, when the government launched a countrywide anti-narcotics drive.

Sixty-seven people were killed last month, according to Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report on Bangladesh for July, published on Wednesday.

Odhikar said it collected the information from grassroots human rights activists associated with the organisation and from national dailies.

Extrajudicial killings “commenced indiscriminately” from mid-May, Odhikar said, noting that 211 people were killed on the pretext of anti-drug drives between May 15 and July 31.

Twenty-three additional people were victims of extra-judicial killings in July.

The rights group says forced disappearances continue to take place despite the government’s denials. Twenty cases of forced disappearances have been reported since January, Odhikar said.