“Gunfights” in Bangladesh (Syed Badrul Ahsan, The Interpreter)

In the past three weeks, no fewer than 130 people have died in what Bangladesh’s security forces have described as “gunfights”. The police and other forces, such as the Rapid Action Battalion, used this term to persuade citizens into believing that gangs of drug dealers and law enforcers have engaged in gun battles, resulting in the deaths of individuals accused of dealing in narcotics.