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BANGLADLSH-Opposition Unity, but for How Long

of extrajudicial killings by the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in and around Meerut on May 22 and 23 this year has been supported by first hand accounts from victims and eye-witnesses The international human rights organisation has concluded that "there is strong evidence that members of the PAC were responsible tot the 'disappearance' of at least 36 men from the Hashimpura area in Meerut late on May 22 and for the deliberate killing of at least 30 apparently unarmed civilians in neighbouring Mahana the following day There is also some evidence to suggest that at least five men airested in connection with the noting died in jail mainly as a result of injuries inflicted upon them after arrest" Amnesty International recorded a first hand account of 17 year old Zulfikar Nazir who was taken in one of the PAC irucks along with 30-35 other men at Hashimpura to a canal near Muradnagar late at night The PAC men began shooting people one by one. Zulfikar said he witnessed the shooting of an old man named Yasin and a young man named Ashraf Zulfikar feigned death after being shot in the armpit "I did not see the others being killed with my own eyes but as I lay, feigning death, in the thicket beside the canal, I could hear the shots ringing out continuously and the sound of the bodies splashing into the canal", Zulfikar averred. Two others, Mujibur Rahman and Babudin, were shot in the chest and thrown into the river but they managed to swim ashore downstream from the place of the shooting Mujibur Rahman stated in a FIR that "on the night of May 22 I was arrested in the evening by some people claiming to be policemen who were wearing khaki uniform. They searched our locality and got hold of some of us and made us sit in a police truck. On the way to Muradnagar some of the people were shot and thrown into a canal. I, along with my friend Mohammed Usman and another whose name I don't know, were shot and thrown into the canal but somehow we were able to swim back to the bank and we crawled out and came to a bridge A man gave us water to drink and then went to report to the police station " Amnesty has recorded the names of 32 persons reported to have 'disappeared' after being taken away from Hashimpura by the PAC.

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