2015 / Editorial
Life on Fire: Victims of Petrol bomb
Continuous strikes, blockades and extreme violence has turned regular expression and political protests into a campaign of violence upon the general public, forging innocent people into the victims of violent attacks.
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), Burn Unit doctors said that most of the petrol bomb victims were burnt from 20 percent to 40 percent of their bodies. At least 76 people have been killed and 225 people have been burnt in petrol bomb attacks across the country during political blockade started in January, 2015.
A continuous blockade interspersed with hartals (general strikes) has been going on since the 6th January, 2015. It was called by the 20-Party Alliance demanding the resignation of the Awami League government which came into power through the one-sided election of the 5th January. The protests have become increasingly violent and nearly 1,000 vehicles have been torched or vandalized. The security forces have in turn arrested more than 10,000 opposition supporters while more than a dozen protesters have been shot dead, prompting allegations of a shoot-to-kill strategy. There has been an outbreak of violence and innocent ordinary people are being killed. Petrol bomb attacks on vehicles in Bangladesh are leaving people dead, destroying families and terrorizing normal society. Dhaka. Bangladesh