Bangladesh opposition leader says 242 supporters killed in month
DHAKA – Bangladesh opposition chief Khaleda Zia accused the federal government on Tuesday of “state terrorism”, saying greater than 240 of her supporters have been killed throughout a 4-week interval that included final month’s controversial election.
Zia, a two-time former premier who heads the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), stated safety forces and ruling celebration activists have been behind the killings and compelled disappearance of her supporters.
Zia stated the get together had collected info on the incidents that occurred between December 26 and January 27 and in addition included some 29,262 arrests of opposition supporters.
“According to the knowledge collected at BNP headquarters, in a single month 242 opposition leaders and activists have been killed and 60 have been victims of enforced disappearances,” Zia informed reporters.
“The actual image is extra surprising. The incidents of killings, enforced disappearances and torture of focused opposition staff and leaders have turn out to be commonplace,” she stated.
“I urge the federal government to finish this state terrorism.”
The feedback comply with these of the nation’s primary Islamist celebration and BNP ally, Jamaat-e-Islami, which says at the least fifty nine opposition activists — principally Jamaat supporters — have been killed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina introduced a crackdown on opposition unrest after her victory within the January H basic election, which was marred by lethal violence and an opposition boycott.
Police say the variety of deaths complete solely simply over a dozen, and demand that the majority of these have been killed throughout clashes with safety forces who have been firing in self-defence.
A native rights activist, who didn’t need to be named and who has investigated a number of the instances, has stated safety forces have been concentrating on Jamaat and BNP activists and have been even demolishing their houses with bulldozers.
New York-based mostly Human Rights Watch has additionally expressed concern over the “scary sample” of the killings of opposition members earlier than and after the polls.
Zia, Hasina’s arch rival, demanded an investigation into what she referred to as additional-judicial killings.
She additionally branded Hasina’s secular Awami League authorities “unlawful”, claiming it solely acquired 5 % of the votes within the election. The Election Commission put the turnout at round forty %.
Zia additionally renewed her name for a recent ballot to be overseen by a impartial caretaker authorities.