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90 killed by law enforcement agencies over last six months

  • Published at 12:27 am July 1st, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:29 am July 1st, 2017
90 killed by law enforcement agencies over last six months
An Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) report has said that a total of 90 people were killed nationwide by law enforcement agencies over the past six months, including 46 deaths in crossfire with police. According to the report by the human rights organisation, 46 were killed in crossfire with police, 13 with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), eight with Detective Branch (DB) and one with both police and RAB. In addition, 12 were shot dead by police, one by RAB, and one by both police and RAB. Furthermore, four died due to police torture, one died due to illness while in police custody, one other mysteriously died after being arrested by police and one died while in RAB custody. The remaining death, the only one where the victim was a member of an ethnic minority, was due to gunfire by the army in the Lama area of Bandarban. The ASK collated the data based on media reports from January to June 2017. The ASK report also said that 280 women were raped in the same period, with 16 among them having been murdered after the rape while five committed suicide. An additional 23 women committed suicide after domestic torture, 68 were killed over dowry and 6 committed suicide. Eight domestic help were also killed. Moreover, 132 children were killed, 37 committed suicide, 18 are missing and 44 bodies were found by police. A total of 53 journalists faced torture, harassment, threats and obstruction of professional duties and total 22 people died in mass beatings. A further 7 people died in border killings, said the report.