B’desh dismisses 510 trainee border guards for mutiny
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 15:54
Dhaka: Bangladesh Rifles has ordered dismissal of 510 trainee border guards for their role in the BDR mutiny last year, saying they took up firearms along with rebellious soldiers, in an incident in which 57 Army officers were killed.

"They were proved disqualified to be soldiers of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) for their role during the mutiny," deputy director general of the paramilitary border force Brigadier General Obaidul Haque told.

The mutiny had broken out on February 25-26, last year at the paramilitary force's Pilkhana headquarters in Dhaka.

Haque said the recruits were sent back home after detailed investigations which found that they took up weapons along with rebellious soldiers at the Rifles Training Centre and School near the southeastern port city of Chittagong while 57 Army officers serving the border force were killed by the mutineers in Dhaka.

"This was the easiest way to take the action for their role as they could not tried under the BDR Act as they were yet to become soldiers at the time of the mutiny," he said.

Another BDR official said 510 soldiers were being trained under a six-month long regular training programme and all of them were declared disqualified under an order issued by the director general.

The action came as trials of "ordinary mutineers", who did not take part in offences like killings, were underway under six special BDR courts in Dhaka and several other frontier districts in line with the BDR Act prescribing the highest seven yeas of imprisonment.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police meanwhile nearly finalised their investigations against the suspected massacre culprits, who are to face trial under the tough Speedy Trial Tribunal under the civil Penal Code suggesting death penalties.

Under the BDR Act over 1300 soldiers so far were faced with trial in Dhaka and different frontier districts and more others were likely to be charged to be tried in phases.

CID officials said the prepared an initial list of some 900 BDR soldiers out of around 2,100 detained border guards to be charged for their alleged involvement in killings and lootings keeping the family members of the Army officers at their Pilkhana headquarters hostage.


First Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 15:54

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