At least 63 persons were reportedly killed from October 27 to November 15, 2006 due to the violence that erupted at the eve of and immediately after the power handover from the BNP-led 4-party-alliance Government to the Caretaker Government, the agitation to press the demand for the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners, conflict between the rival political parties, intra party clashes etc. Among the deceased, 27 were killed from BNP, 16 from Awami League, 10 from Jamaat-e-Islami, 2 from 4-party-alliance, 1 from Workers’ party, 2 from Purbo Bangla Communist Party (ML Red Flag), 1 from Biplobi Communist Party, 2 were not identified and 2 were not connected with any political party. Of them, 11 persons were killed in Dhaka alone. Observing the recent political situation of unrest with grave concern, Odhikar demands that the Caretaker Government should take stern legal action against the perpetrators after full-fledged inquiry into these incidents.
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Odhikar believes that the violence was instigated due to the impatience and deep distrust among politicians that might have long-term adverse effects on the democratic development and human rights situation of Bangladesh. Odhikar urges all the political parties to refrain from such activities and also urges the Caretaker Government to take stern action against the perpetrators upon conducting a proper inquiry.
ASM Nasiruddin Elan
Office in charge