Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Mass arrests around Bangladesh ahead of elections

Bangladeshi police and soldiers arrested more than 2,500 people and raided the homes of several political leaders after a new caretaker government was sworn in to quell deadly unrest before elections.

Security forces arrested 2,552 people across the country on "various charges", said a statement by police in the capital Dhaka.

The arrests came after President Iajuddin Ahmed declared a state of emergency on Thursday, delayed elections, and stepped down as head of a caretaker government to end street demonstrations alleging the upcoming vote was rigged.

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