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11,000 held in four days of crackdown, 145 are militants

11,000 held in four days of crackdown, 145 are militants

Police suspect 145 are militants among the 11,307 persons arrested during the first four days of countrywide crackdow, reports bdnews24.comcombing

A total of 3,115 were arrested in the time between 6am Monday and 6pm Tuesday, said AKM Kamrul Hasan, information officer at the Police Headquarters.

“Among them 26 are militants and rest 2,368 persons have various cases against them.”

In addition, 295 were arrested on drug charges, 38 over arms cases and another 388 were caught on various other charges.

Police announced that they will start a ‘pincer operation’ after the killing of Mahmuda Aktar Mitu, the wife of Superintendent of Police Babul Aktar who have earned a name for his counterterrorism skills.

The first day of the drive led to 3,192 arrests, among whom 37 are suspected to have extremist tries, according to police.

The second day saw 2,128 arrests with 48 suspected militants. The third day’s drive netted another 3,245 arrests with 34 militant suspects.

The BNP has claimed the drive was a repressive method meant for those who oppose the government. It said nearly 2,100 of the 8,000 arrested on the first three days were its members.

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