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‘12 Bangladeshis killed by BSF in February’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

A Bangladeshi was killed by India’s Border Security Force every day and a half on an average, taking the number of such death to 12 in February, said human rights organisation Odhikar.

In its monthly report on human rights released on Saturday, Odhikar also said four Bangladeshis were reportedly injured and three allegedly abducted by the Indian border guards in February.

The killings and abductions were carried out against the backdrop of repeated Indian assurance from different levels of putting an end to such incidents, Odhikar said, recommending that the government should take proper steps to stop such killing of Bangladeshis by the Indian border guards.

Four were killed extra-judicially in the ‘crossfire’ or ‘encounter’ with the police during the period, the report said. It has recommended that the government should stop extra-judicial killings and torture and hold independent judicial inquiries into extra-judicial killings.

According to the report, 12 persons, including Dhaka city ward commissioner Abdul Quaiyum, died in jail custody. Quaiyum’s family claimed he had died for lack of treatment.

The report said a journalist was injured in February and two more were threatened. ‘Under the state of emergency, journalists are facing pressure from various quarters in the government over publication of factual reports contrary to the rights guaranteed in the constitution and international laws,’ the report read.

‘The government must end intimidation and ensure freedom of expression.’ According to the report, 24 women and girls were raped in February. Thirteen of them were adults and 11 girls. Of the 13 women, six were killed and one committed suicideafter being raped. Two girls were also killed after rape.

Ten persons fell victim to acid violence in February and five of them were women, three children (two girls and a boy) and two men. ‘The government should take step to stop such violence against women and children and effectively prosecute the perpetrators in accordance with law,’ said the report.

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