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
"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
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.