to try and stop a growing wave of brutal attacks on minorities and activists.
Since the crackdown began on Thursday, police have arrested 5,324 people, including 85 suspected Islamist radicals, said police spokesman Kamrul Ahsan. The majority of those arrested have petty criminal records. More arrests are expected through this week.
At least 18 people, including atheist bloggers, foreign aid workers and religious community and raised questions about whether Bangladesh’s secular government can protect minorities and secular writers and intellectuals in the Muslim-majority nation.
The crackdown began four days after the wife of a police superintendent who led drives against Islamist militants and drug cartels was shot and stabbed to death in the southeastern city of Chittagong.
Days after that attack, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowed to root out radicals