3,245 people held on third day of anti-militancy crackdown in Bangladesh

Dhaka : Over 3,200 people were detained countrywide on the third day of the anti-militancy crackdown by authorities in Bangladesh.

The police headquarters in a message in Dhaka said the total number of detentions made till 6:00 a.m. were 3,245.

Apart from the 34 suspected militants, 2,578 were ‘wanted’, 19 were accused of arms cases, 160 of narcotics-related lawsuits and 454 fugitives of different cases, reports the Daily Star.

The special crackdown in the country began with a primary objective of nabbing militants believed to be carrying out targeted covert killings one after another across the region.

In the first two days, 5,324 people were detained in the anti-militancy drive across the country, of which 85 were suspected to be militants.

Rafiqul Islam, assistant superintendent of police in Natore district, said 64 alleged criminals were arrested and 18 motorcycles seized in the district.

In Satkhira district, 52 including eight activists of Jamaat-e-Islami were held.

In Chapai Nawabganj district, 32 people including four Jamaat and an alleged regional chief of the banned Hizb-ut Tahrir were arrested, said Mazharul Islam, officer-in-charge of Chapainawabganj Police Station. (ANI)