Reports of government sponsored mass killings and vandalism in Satkhira

The destroyed home of Anarul, the ex-chairman of Agordari Union of Satikhira District

Reports have emerged that government backed violence has led to numerous deaths in the Bangladeshi district of Satkhira.

A joint operation by the Police, elite force RAB and border guards is ongoing in the Western Bangladeshi district of Satkhira. Tens of opposition workers have become victim of targeted killing. Many a women are reported assaulted, and thousand have fled in fear from their homes. The forces have further cut off access to all media, making it hard for reporters to report the ongoing atrocities.

On Monday, 16th December, the joint forces had bulldozed and demolished the homes of opposition leader and ex Member of Parliament, Abdul Khaleq, in the western district of Shatkira in Bangladesh. The operation lasted for four hours until 9:30pm local time on Monday 16th December. Family members of Abdul Khaleq reported that the police came looking for him, and that they vandalized his home upon failing to find him. They further accused the police of looting the house of gold jewellery and cash money.

Earlier on the same day, the joint forces raided the houses of two other opposition leaders. Failing to find them, the forces looted the valuables and set the house to fire. Reports have also emerged of women and even the elderly and children being assaulted and abused in other parts of the district.

The police superintendent (SP) of Satkhira turned down request to comment on the demolition of opposition homes. However he confirmed that a joint operation against opposition activists is ongoing in Satkhira, as part of the wider nation-wide crackdown on opposition workers in opposition-stronghold districts, such as Chittagong, Feni, Sylhet, Bogra and others.

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