Law enforcing agencies have arrested 14,552 people across the country in the week-long countrywide special drive; among them 176 are militants, claims Police. Most of the arrested were accused in different cases like violence, arson attack and drug peddling. Police confirmed that, 6026 persons among the arrested have warrants against their names.
None of those arrested as part of the crackdown is believed to be “a high-level operator” who might have organised or ordered attacks, police told the Associated Press news agency. All the detainees are being held in jail. However, there are some complains of ‘disappearance’ of the arrested persons, as many fear they were released after monetary exchange.
However, these arrests have raised concerns among the human rights agencies and political oppositions. A good number of activists of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami were amongst the people arrested, according to New Age correspondents in districts and news agencies.
Since January last year, at least 48 people were killed in 46 militant attacks – 11 in the last two and a half months. Local Islamic extremist groups who claim to be linked to IS and al-Qaeda have claimed responsibility.
In the wake of growing incidents of militant attacks, the police decided to launch a week-long special drive to track down militants and terrorists across the country. The joint drive follows the murder of SP Babul Akhter’s wife Mahmuda Akhter Mitu in Chittagong on June 5.