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Conspiracy behind mutiny, says Dhaka

Sumon K Chakrabarti | http://SumonCNNIBN

Updated: February 28, 2009, 2:11 AM IST
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Conspiracy behind mutiny, says Dhaka
The body of the Chief of the BDR was found riddled with bullets on Friday.

New Delhi: The morning after the mutiny ended on Thursday, family members and relatives gathered at the gates of the Bangladesh rifles headquarters in Dhaka seeking news of their loved ones

The mother of Major General Shakeel Ahmed - among the first to be killed in the mutiny - along with his wife was in the crowd. Major General Shakeel Ahmed was the boss of BDR. His body was shot seven times.

Despite the calm after the end of the violence, on Friday morning Dhaka witnessed another round of high drama as the army tanks rolled into the BDR headquarters to search the entire complex.

As the list of army officers found dead increased and emotions ran high, there were rumours of the army acting on it's own. It took Home Minister Sahara Khatun's public announcement to clear the doubts.

She made clear that the Bangladesh army were acting on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's commands.

Till Friday evening, 42 more army officials posted in BDR were found dead from a mass grave inside this compound, taking the death toll to 125.

During the day, Prime Minister Hasina clearly indicated that the killing of army officers during the BDR mutiny was an act of sabotage, a conspiracy as the government claimed.

The government promised to hunt down the instigators of the bloody mutiny.

Minister (Bangladesh Local Development), Jahangir Kabir Nanak said, "There will be no mercy for those who killed."

Meanwhile, more than 300 BDR soldiers have been arrested across the country, as the civilian government hunts for those who plotted and funded the violent mutiny.

First Published: February 28, 2009, 2:11 AM IST
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