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Extrajudicial killing barrier to rule of law: Bangladesh minister finally admits
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Law minister Anisul Huq on Saturday admitted that extrajudicial killing is a major barrier to establishing rule of in the country.

Addressing a seminar on the human rights day, he also said the government would take stern action if the incidents of extrajudicial killing and oppression are brought to its attention.

The minister, however, did not make any direct reference to the victims of the so-called cross-fire or gunfight -- an issue that drew criticism by human rights groups at home and abroad.

He just said: \"Wherever such an incident (extrajudicial killing) takes place, the government will take action against it.\"

As many as 151 people were killed in Bangladesh between January and October 2016, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights organisation. Also, it said, at least 82 more people fell victims of enforced disappearance during the period.

On Saturday, the law minister also dwelt on the issue of missing of some youths in the recent few days and said law enforcement agencies are investigating the incidents,