- Posted December 17, 2013 by
Targeted Government Killing in Bangladesh
The announcement itself did not come as a surprise because of the trend of government’s zero tolerance policy towards any kind of anti government protest in Capital Dhaka for last two years. Anti government protesters who had been staging successful demonstrations including all out strikes and blockade throughout the country had been paranoid of such crackdown for last few days. As the government continues to defy all requests from the United Nations and all other international bodies to ensure a free and fair national election, popular uprising against government’s such move was bound to shake Bangladesh’s already messy political landscape.
What came as a surprise is the government’s decision to target and kill influential political leaders who has been spotted by government intelligence agencies as the leading forces behind organizing massive protests throughout the country.
On the night of 16th December government forces stormed into dozens of houses in remote villages of Shatkira, a strong voting block of Bangladesh Nationalist party, and killed number of opposition activists with semi automatic weapons. Targeted killing of 16th December marked the first event of its kind in the history of independent Bangladesh only matches the massacre carried out by Pakistani Armies in the war 1971. Local thugs affiliated with government party who helped point exact location of opposition leaders’ houses ran the second phase of rampage by looting and burning the houses of some of the most popular political leaders of Shatkira reminded people of the cruel events that took place forty years back.
As the governments’ popularity hits rock bottom, analysts fear, its intention to stay in power by force will lead it to more targeted killing in coming days. Already convicted of masterminding a number of genocides in last five years will Bangladesh government stop its temptation for power and pull an to the blood bath is a question only time can answer.