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Report: Number of political killings reduces, encounters rise

  • Published at 11:57 am March 15th, 2019
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The report was unveiled at the maiden meeting of the cabinet committee on law and order on Wednesday

Instances of political murders have reduced significantly, recently, in Bangladesh; however, the number of extrajudicial killings—or encounters—as well as: non-political killings, rape, women and child abuse, abduction, robbery, and theft have increased.

The law enforcement officials concerned disclosed this in a report on comparative crime statistics between December 2018 and January 2019. 

The review report was unveiled at the maiden meeting of the newly-formed government’s cabinet committee on law and order, on Wednesday. 

Recommendation to increase border surveillance       

Upon reviewing the present state of law and order in the country, the committee advised that intelligence surveillance be strengthened. It also recommended continuous drives in the Rohingya camps so that the refugees do not have any possibility of becoming involved in the arms and drug trade. 

Moreover, surveillance should be beefed-up along border. The Department of Narcotics Control has also been directed to take necessary steps in this regard. 

Over 5,000 cases filed against drug traders

Law enforcement agencies have been advised to strengthen patrols along the border, to prevent drug smuggling. A total of 7,115 anti-narcotics drives have been conducted from October 2018 to January 31, 2019. 

Around 1,194 cases have been filed against 2,041 drug offenders during the drives. 

Moreover, the Department of Narcotics Control has conducted 19,575 raids—in the same period—and 5,266 cases have been lodged against 5,617 drug smugglers.    

325 killings in January 

The report writes that nine people fell victim to political violence in December 2018 and four in January 2019. On the contrary, 228 persons were victims of non-political killings in December 2018 and 325 in January 2019. Two people were killed in encounters in December 2019 while five were killed in January 2019.   

Rape incidents increased 

A total of 196 rapes occurred in December 2018, while the number was 276 in January 2019. During this period, incidents of women and child abuse increased to 793 from 616, the number of abductions increased to 51 from 31, and the number of theft and robbery incidents increased to 558 from 486.   

Minister of Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque, also the president of the cabinet committee on law and order, said: “The overall situation of law and order in the country is better than before. Those who are involved in the drug trade are bad guys and law enforcement is working to suppress them.”

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