In a bid to stop attacks on minorities, Bangladesh police detains over 1,700 people

Bangladesh has seen a string of brutal attacks by Islamists on religious minorities and secular activists.

By: PTI | Dhaka | Published: June 11, 2016 3:27 pm
Bangladesh, Bangladesh police, Bangladesh news, world news, Bangladesh Islamists attack, attack on Bangladesh, ISIS jihadists BANGALORE Locals surround the body of a Hindu holy man after assailants hacked him to death.The police have arrested more than 1700 people for such brutal attacks on minorities . (AP Photo)

Bangladesh police have detained over 1,700 people, including some members of an outlawed militant outfit, as part of a crackdown to halt the wave of brutal attacks on minorities and secular activists by Islamists, officials said on Saturday.

A total of 1,740 people were detained after the top police officials decided at a meeting on Thursday to launch an anti militant drive. On the first day of the week long drive, around 1,600 people were detained across the country on Friday. At least 140 people were detained on Saturday from different districts in the wake of recent killings, ‘The Daily Star’ reported.

Of the total 140 detainees, 88 are from Rajshahi district, 35 from Satkhira and 17 from Natore. Nine enlisted militants were among the 88 persons detained from Rajshahi, the report said. Eight of them belong to the outlawed militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) while another belongs to Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), said Shariful Alam, assistant superintendent of police in Rajshahi.

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Bangladesh has seen a string of brutal attacks by Islamists on religious minorities and secular activists. A 60-year-old Hindu ashram worker was hacked to death by ISIS jihadists while he was out for the morning walk, days after another priest was killed by the terrorists of the same outfit in the Muslim majority nation.

The latest attack came just hours after police said they launched a nationwide anti militancy drive, besides engaging elite anti crime Rapid Action Battalion and paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh. The security clampdown was launched a day after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised to intensify a nationwide anti terror security clampdown. In February, militants stabbed to death a Hindu priest at a temple and shot and wounded a devotee who went to his aid.

In April, a liberal professor was brutally hacked to death in Rajshahi city. In the same month, a Hindu tailor was hacked to death in his shop and Bangladesh’s first gay magazine editor was brutally murdered along with a friend in his flat in Dhaka by Islamists.

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  1. B
    Jun 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm
    The attacked are 99% Hindus and their businesses. This is routine especially around Puja and other Hindu festivals. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;One answer is to make Hindu communities at risk, strong and able to take better care of themselves. Self defence cles, money to live in protected homes, military training, etc. will help. This is what the Jews did and now people are afraid to tackle / beat up a Jew for no reason as used to happen in Europe routinely.