Dhaka – Plainclothes security personnel on Wednesday detained a leading figure who organised civic movements in Bangladesh as he organised a protest in Dhaka against ‘extra-judicial’ killing in the name of a nationwide anti-narcotic raid.
The security personnel picked Imran H Sarker up in the afternoon in Dhaka’s central Shahbagh area when a group of activists gathered at the scene, police said.
The lawmen also resorted to baton charge on the activists when they tried to prevent the plainclothes-men from taking Sarker away, according to witnesses.
Police, however, did not bring any specific charge against Sarker.
Sarker, one of the organisers of the 2013 mass upsurge by Ganajagaran Mancha to demand capital punishment of the war crimes suspects, called the gathering to protest deaths in the so-called gun-fights between lawmen and the drug traders.
More than 120 suspected drug dealers have been killed in the anti-narcotic raids across Bangladesh since the security forces launched the drive across Bangladesh early last month.
Officer in charge of Shabagh police station Abul Hasan said that the activist had no prior permission to hold the rally in Shahbagh.
Rapid Action Battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Emranul Hasan said the media will be informed about it at a later time.