DHAKA, Bangladesh - In the last 24 hours to Sunday night, police arrested at least 1,356 suspects as part of a special operation to maintain law and order that began on December 1.
The 15-day operation was ordered by the Police Headquarters in response to the daring escape of two militants on death row from police custody in front of a Dhaka court recently, as well as to secure the celebrations of Victory Day on December 16 and Christmas and New Year's Eve on December 31.
According to police, the arrestees face formal charges.
According to Md Manzur Rahman, a spokesman for the Police Headquarters, the suspects were apprehended in 2,231 raids, and 358 cases have already been filed in these cases.
In an order issued on November 29, every police unit in the country was directed to conduct special raids in hotels, community housing, dormitories, and any other location that could be used as a lair for criminals and militants.