Bangladesh deploys troops amid rising death toll

Featured South East Asia - March 4th, 2013

Bangladeshi authorities have deployed troops in the country’s northern district, where more than 10 people have been killed in fresh violence.

The death toll in four days of violent protests over an Islamic political party leader sentenced to death for war crimes climbed to 58 on Sunday. Supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party clashed with police and activists denounced the death sentence handed to Delwar Hossain Sayedee.

Sayadee is the third person convicted by the tribunal for war atrocities committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

The deployment of troops came after Jamaat activists stormed a police station in Bogra district, leaving five men dead in the violent clash, said Mokbul Hossain, a police superintendent in the area.

Authorities banned all gatherings in Bogra to avoid further escalation of violence, reports The Associated Press.

Three people, including a child, died in violence in the northwestern district of Rajshahi, according to local media.

Another three people were killed in clashes between police and Jamaat activists in the Joypurhat district, while a policeman was killed in similar clashes in western Jhenaidah district, police and local media reported.

The International Crimes Tribunal has been criticized by rights groups for what it sees are unfair trials and abuses.

Meanwhile, the government filed an appeal with the Supreme Court seeking the death penalty for another Jamaat leader, Abdul Quader Mollah, who received a life prison sentence after being convicted of mass killings.