BDR to get new name, uniform to overcome mutiny stigma
Last Updated: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 14:29
Dhaka: The paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles is to be renamed as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) as part of a massive restructuring plan to help it overcome the stigma of the February 25-26 bloody mutiny at its headquarters which left 57 army officers dead.

A proposal to rename the force, change its uniform to a distinct, logo and organisational structures was okayed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, officials said.

Under the restructuring, the personnel will wear a brown-coloured uniform, apparently to differentiate them from the Army.

The change of name of the force comes six months after the February rebellion, when the paramilitary personnel mutinied spraying senior officers with bullets to protest what they claimed was "deprivation".

Though officials said more time would be needed to go into "concrete proposals," they were silent on key restructuring issues like whether and how many Army officers would continue to be on deputation with the force.

The mutineers also killed eight civilians, eight fellow BDR soldiers exposing the Hasina government, which was then less than two months in power, to its worst crisis.

"The Prime Minister chose the new name from several proposed names. She also chose the brown combat colour for the uniform and directed to bring slight changes to the BDR insignia," Commerce Minister Faruk Khan who was present at the meeting told reporters.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 14:29

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