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50 killed, about 96,000 held since Dhaka emergency

A human rights group says in a report that 95,825 people were held by the joint forces during the period between Jan and March 12.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Dhaka
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2007 02:23 PM IST

At least 50 people died in different actions by the security forces who also netted nearly 96,000 people during the first 60 days of state of emergency in Bangladesh, a rights group said on Wednesday.

Human rights organisation Odhikar said in a report that 95,825 people were arrested by the joint forces during the period between January 12 and March 12.

Of the 50 people who died, 26 died in action of the elite crime fighters Rapid Action Battalion, 12 of the police, six by the army, five by the joint forces and one by the navy.

Odhikar demanded independent inquiries into all the "extra judicial killings and deaths" and that the results of such probes be made public.

However, it appreciated the government's decision not to allow law enforcement agencies to evict people from any more slums without prior permission and hoped that it will take a humane approach to this issue.

Odhikar has prepared this report on the basis of 11 national dailies and its own fact-finding reports, a press release from the organisation said.

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