Friday, December 11, 2009

RAB DG Says:

633 killed in 'encounters' since 2004

Since the formation of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in 2004, a total of 633 persons were killed in 'encounters' with its members while 750 Rab men were punished for their 'unlawful' acts.

Bangladesh Media; Rab Director General (DG) Hassan Mahmood Khandker disclosed the figure yesterday at a press briefing on the existing law and order situation at the Rab headquarters.

The elite forces comprise members from army, navy, air forces, border guards, police and ansars.
The Rab DG said beefed-up security measures, including intelligence activities, have been taken for trouble-free celebration of Victory Day on December 16, Christmas Day on January 25, Thirty-First Night on December 31 on the eve of the English New Year and Bishwa Ijtema on January 22.

Hassan said among the 750 punished Rab members, 350 were sacked while the rest 400 suffered imprisonment in different tenures.

Replying to queries, he ruled out any possibility of attacks by ULFA and said, “Rab is always ready and capable of facing any situation or threat.”

“We are aware of the activities of militants, insurgents, extremists, extortionists and other criminals,” the DG said, adding that Rab intelligence personnel are on duty to tackle the criminal activities.

Hassan also said people have the right to verify the identities of any Rab personnel if any doubt arises.
Expressing his satisfaction over the law and order situation in the last month and also during the Eid-ul-Azha, the DG said Rab men would play better role in future.

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