108 die in 2 weeks in Bangladesh anti-drug operations

Special 108 die in 2 weeks in  Bangladesh anti-drug  operations
The Rapid Action Battalion, an elite police unit in charge of the sweep, said all 24 people killed by its forces were ‘top drug traders.’ (AP)
Updated 29 May 2018

108 die in 2 weeks in Bangladesh anti-drug operations

108 die in 2 weeks in  Bangladesh anti-drug  operations

DHAKA: A total of 108 people have been killed during the “war on drugs” in Bangladesh during the past two weeks.
Police began nationwide anti-drug operations on May 14 directed by the inspector general of police in an all-out “war” against drug dealers.
Human rights activists in the country urged the government to protect the rights of the people, calling the killing “extrajudicial.”
The latest “shoot-out” incidents on Monday night claimed another 12 lives of alleged drug peddlers.
“Operations will continue until we have control of the situation,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said. “We will do all we can. Nothing has been finalized. We will do what we feel is best,” he said.
Advocate Sultana Kamal, a renowned human rights activist and chairperson of Transparency International Bangladesh, has called for an end to any extrajudicial killing. “The state should stop all these ‘extrajudicial killings’ since these are contrary to our constitution and the conventional law of the country,” she told Arab News.  The country’s main opposition party, BNP, sees the anti-drug operations as a political move of the ruling Awami League party.