- Posted December 25, 2013 by
Police firing at close range continues despite international concern (Video)
In a recent television footage it is seen that police is shooting a protester at point-blank range. The incident took place at Bijoy Nagar on December 1 while the blockade programme enforced by the BNP-led opposition alliance was going on.
The way police is dealing with the opposition raised concern among people. Earlier in the year police shooting at point-blank range in Cox’s Bazar drew international attention.
video link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WcI26SJ_4Z0
In another instance in Chittagong, inspector Pradip Das pointed his pistol and fired at a protester. Asian Human Rights Commission reported on it.
video link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9Jao8KNfQTc&list=PLA474F8AE10837C48
In yet another instance, Abdullah al fahad, a university student, got arrested on suspicion from Khamar Bari area on 28 february and after arrest he was taken to SHERE BANGLA Police Station, then police tied his eyes and then shot very closely into his leg.
Different International rights groups raised concern saying that police is using excessive force to deal with the protesters. It is important to mention that use of force by police in such a scale is unprecedented in the history of the country. They are using live ammunition, firing at point-blank range and thereby killing or severely injuring large number of protesters.
On August 1 this year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a 48-page report,
link : http://www.hrw.org/news/2013/08/01/bangladesh-security-forces-kill-protesters
link : http://www.hrw.org/node/117681
“Blood On The Streets: The Use of Excessive Force During Bangladesh Protests,” on excessive use of force by police based on 95 interviews with victims and their family members, witnesses, human rights defenders, journalists, and lawyers.
The report stated that police resorted to “excessive force,” shooting demonstrators at close range, and beating others to death, according to witness testimony.
The current video footage suggest that situation on the ground has not been changed. Police is continuing their indiscriminate and close range shooting.
news source : RTNN