More than 2,100 detained on day 2 of Bangladesh's crackdown on militants

Four men move towards the court as they have been arrested during the anti-terror crackdown across the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 12.
Four men move towards the court as they have been arrested during the anti-terror crackdown across the country in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 12.PHOTO: EPA

DHAKA (THE DAILY STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - On the second day of the Bangladesh-wide crackdown on militants, law enforcers detained over 2,100 people, some of whom are alleged militants.

Police headquarters floated a press release in this regard on Sunday (June 12) morning announcing the detention of 2,132 people countrywide until 6am.

Forty-seven among them are members of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, an organisation that has been blamed for several killings.

A total of 1,494 detainees are wanted in different cases, 391 are accused in drug-related cases, 41 in arms cases and 156 in other criminal cases.

The crackdown came after police headquarters at a meeting on Thursday decided to launch the special crackdown in the wake of a string of targeted killings recently, especially the gruesome murder of SP Babul Akter's wife Mahmuda Khanam Mitu.

Earlier, the police, in the first 24 hours of the crackdown, arrested as many as 3,192 persons, including 37 suspected militants, from different parts of the country.