Jt. forces arrest at least 44 in countrywide crackdown
Sunday, 01 June 2008

Bdnews24.com

Dhaka, May 31 (bdnews24.com)—Joint forces in a sudden countrywide crackdown have arrested at least 44 local leaders in nine districts, including Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party leaders and union parishad chairmen, officials and police said Saturday.

The mass arrests, under emergency powers rules, have come just 17 days after the caretaker government relaxed the ban on indoor politics on May 13.

bdnews24.com's Jessore correspondent said 13 local leaders including those of AL and BNP, three UP chairmen and one municipality chairman were detained from the seven upazilas of Jessore. Major Ashraf of Jessore joint forces camp confirmed the news and said they were handed over to the related police stations.

In Norail joint forces in an overnight drive detained six AL and BNP leaders, who were handed over to the police later. Norail Sadar Police Station sub-inspector Abdur Rahman told reporters the detainees were handed over to Norail Police Station early Saturday.

bdnews24.com's Khulna correspondent said joint forces detained five leaders from the sadar upazila, Sonadanga and Khalishpur. Khulna joint forces camp official Capt Mohiuddin told reporters that the detainees were handed over to police stations.

Chapainawabganj joint forces arrested seven AL, BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in five upazilas of the district. Chapainawabganj superintendent of police SM Mahfuzul Haque Nuruzzaman told reporters they were sent to jail showing them arrested under the emergency powers rules.

In Bagerhat joint forces arrested an AL organising secretary. Bagerhat joint forces camp official Lt Col Md Shahinul Hoque told reporters he was handed over to the police, while Bagerhat Sadar police chief Md Humayun Kabir said he was shown arrested under emergency powers rules.

Satkhira, Jhenaidah, Rangpur and Magura correspondents also reported a number of arrests, confirmed by officials.

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