More than 50 people were reportedly shot dead in Bangladesh last week after authorities launched drug raids that had already drawn comparisons to a Filipino-style drug war.
Authorities said large-scale raids are the target capital of Dhaka, according to the BBC. According to reports, up to 100 people were arrested on Saturday alone.
Thousands of suspected drug traffickers have been arrested since the crackdown began, while hundreds of drug users have been fined, the BBC reported, citing the Bangladesh police and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB
The operation began in response to a purported incident Increased methamphetamine trade, notably the sale of cheap stimulants known as "yaba." Some have accused Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar for smuggling smuggled goods, but Bangladesh has long been involved in Asia's Yaba trade. [ThePrimeMinisterofBangladeshSheikhHasinasaidthecontinuedfightagainstdrugswouldreflecttheintensityofthecountry'spreviouseffortstosuppressIslamicmilitancywhichwashurtbyreportsofextrajudicialkillingsandarbitrariness
Already accused members of a suspected human smuggler's paramilitary RAB forces to focus their relatives on political activism and not on drugs.
"They killed him just because he was a popular student wing student [opposition]," Mahid Ahamed Ansari told the Guard from his brother Amzad Hossain, who was reportedly shot dead on Tuesday.
Pinaki Bhattacharya, a Dhaka-based human rights activist, told the Guardian that the police shootings "created an atmosphere of terror throughout the country"