Four years ago, in early January 2003, the Khaleda government had just finished a grab em and bash em operation called “Clean Heart.” Activists, local party leaders, alleged criminals were picked up - thousands of them - in the three month operation and roughed up and/or killed. Immediately after the cessation of the operation, the government indemnified all those involved in this operation for their involvement in “any casualty, damage to life and property, violation of rights, physical or mental damage” between 16 October 2002 and 9 January 2003.” State crimes were to be simply swept under the rug.

Will the present caretaker government declare (or have they declared?) that no members of the armed forces or police will be provided with indemnity for human rights violations committed during their current deployment?