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Bangladesh: Further reports of extrajudicial executions by security forces in 1993

, Index number: ASA 13/002/1994

This report describes AI's concerns about three separate incidents of killings of unarmed civilians. Four men died in April 1993 when members of the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles opened fire on villagers in Kolar Haat, Naogaon district. The villagers had opposed the BDR's attempt to confiscate cattle they claimed were smuggled. In July 1993, the BDR reportedly opened fire on villagers demonstrating for the opening of a local dyke, killing five men. In November 1993, between 20 and 30 tribal people were killed in Naniarchar, Rangamati district in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The army allegedly fired on protesting tribal people, injuring and possibly killing several people. Many of the frightened tribal people were then attacked and killed by Bengali settlers. Police and army apparently did not take any measures to protect them from attack by the settlers.

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