Bangladesh says it will investigate a claim by Amnesty International that at least seven people have died while in army custody during a national crackdown on crime this month.
The Bangladesh Home Ministry said in a statement that the deaths will be investigated according to the laws of the country.
Two people died in the capital, Dhaka, and the rest in other districts since the crackdown by troops began on October 17th.
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia called in the army to help police restore law and order as a crime wave soared.
The Bangladesh government says it has no report of any death caused by torture by the law enforcers, but some detainees did die of cardiac arrest out of panic during interrogation.
Troops have so far detained more than 21-hundred people, including leaders and activists of Mrs. Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the main opposition Awami League.
In the meantime there has been mixed reaction on an Ordinance signed by the President of Bangladesh which ,the government says, would enable Quick Justice. A tribunal for the fast disposal of cases will be formed under this ordinance .