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Rights group urges Bangladesh to end “kneecapping” detainees

Bangladeshi security forces have been accused of targeting members of the opposition

By: Eastern Eye Staff

SECURITY forces in Bangladesh are deliberately shooting members and supporters of opposition parties in the leg, Human Rights Watch said in a report on September 29 that compared the acts to “kneecappings” once meted out by the Irish Republican Army. In its report, the advocacy group quoted victims as saying they had been shot in custody by security forces who then falsely said they had done so in self-defence, in crossfire with armed criminals, or during violent protests. “Security forces in Bangladesh have long killed detainees in fake ‘crossfire killings’, pretending the victim was killed when the authorities took him…

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