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Conduct fair probe of deaths of detained BDR men: Amnesty

world Updated: Mar 28, 2009 15:13 IST

A leading international rights watch has asked Bangladesh to conduct an impartial probe into the deaths of four BDR soldiers, detained for the mutiny in the paramilitary force, contending that they might have died as a result of torture.

Asking the government to constitute an independent, impartial and competent body to investigate the deaths, the Amnesty International said there were credible reports suggesting that the detained might have died of torture.

In a statement carried by private UNB news agency on Saturday, the AI said the government should ensure that the detained are not subjected to torture, that they have access to lawyers, family visits and courts and that they can challenge the legality of their detention.

Four Bangladesh Rifles men, including an Islamic cleric of the main Rifles Mosque, have died in custody in the past two weeks inside the paramilitary force’s headquarters where interrogations of detained soldiers were underway to locate the suspects of the February 25-26 carnage.

The AI said it noted that the four soldiers died on March 9, 15, 17 and 22 as they were in custody and were among hundreds of detained BDR personnel interrogated on suspicion of involvement in the killing of 75 people, of whom 57 were army officers serving the paramilitary force.