Crossfire rose 80pc in 2014. HR situation alarming-ASK

Crossfire rose 80pc in 2014. HR situation alarming-ASK

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Non-governmental human rights watchdog Ain O Salis Kendra (ASK) in its report for 2014 said on Wednesday that the human rights situation in Bangladesh was alarming in 2014, and that the incidents of “crossfires” have sharply increased in the year.
“Some 72 people were killed in crossfire last year which is almost 80% less than the current year 2014, says the report published onthe day.”At least 128 people were killed in “crossfire” and 88 disappeared across the country in 2014, the annual report of ASK said.
According to the report, a total of 88 incidents of enforced disappearance were reported in 2014.
Among the victims, 12 were found alive, two ended up in jail while 23 others were  found dead. A large number of people is still missing, the report said.
Some 147 people were killed in 664 incidents of political violence in 2014 while 8373 others received injuries. Some 24 people were killed in incidents of violence, centering on the January 5 polls while 11 were killed during upazila elections.
Miscreants have vandalised and set fire to 761 houses of Hindu community members across the country. Besides, some 193 business establishments of Hindus were  attacked, the report mentioned.
The members of BNP-Jamaat alliance activists attacked the minority community people of 13 districts, centering the January 5 polls. The attacks were launched in between January 1 and 6. A total of 247 places of worship and idols were also vandalised in 2014.
The report also mentioned that 13 people were killed in police custody during the year while two were killed in police beating at the time of arrest.
One person committed suicide in the jail in the fear of police torture, the report added.

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