Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) onWednesday rejected the report of New York-based rights group Human
Rights Watch (HRW) saying thatthe report is motivated and biased. The HRW in its report publishedyesterday urged the Bangladeshgovernment to halt the mass trials of suspects in the 2009 mutiny staged by themembers of Bangladesh Rifles (presently Border Guard Bangladesh).
The HRW in its 57-page report,'The Fear Never Leaves Me': Torture, Custodial Deaths, and Unfair Trials Afterthe 2009 Mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles', provides a detailed account of themutiny and documents serious abuses in the aftermath, including torture bysecurity forces, particularly RAB, in custody on suspicion of planning themutiny, and of ongoing concerns about fair trial violations in mass trials ofhundreds of suspects at a time.
Talking to UNB over cell phone,RAB's director (Legal and Media wing) Commander Sohail alleged that the report wasmotivated and biased, which indicate that they (HRW) have special agenda."They are trying to tarnish the image of the law enforcers in the country,particularly of RAB," he said.
RAB's media director furthersaid: "It seems they (HRW) are committed to patronize criminals andterrorists, and are also trying to deteriorate the existing law and ordersituation in the country. They are trying to interfere with the judicialprocess of a sovereignty country."