Saturday, January 5, 2013

13 female HR workers detained by Bangladesh Police

Bangladesh Police detained 13 female human rights workers women who were in a seminar under the name of "Women' Right" from National Press Club in the capital city Dhaka of Bangladesh on Saturday (January 05, 2013). 

Shahbagh police picked them up around 3:30pm while they were coming out of the press club after taking part in a roundtable meeting on women's rights issue there. Three of the detainees were identified as Joshna Begum, 50, Fatema Begum, 48, and Sadia Jahan, 45.

Police said the women were picked up following information that they were the aides of those 21 women, who were arrested from Islami Chhatri Sangstha office at Moghbazar on December 17. During the roundtable meeting, the women protested the arrest of the 21 women and demanded their immediate release. The detainees were taken to Shahbagh Police Station for interrogation. 

 Syed Nurul Islam, deputy police commissioner (Ramna division), said the detainees are suspected to be members of the Islami Chhatri Sangstha and are the aides of the 21 women arrested earlier. "We are trying to know about their political background and their motives," he said.

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