Govt for early completion of trial of Bangla border guards
Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 00:38
Dhaka: On the third anniversary of the 2009 bloody mutiny by the Bangladesh border guards, the government on Saturday underlined its determination to complete the trial as soon as possible of those involved in the rebellion that killed 74 people, including 57 Army officers.

The country today marked the third anniversary of the February 25-26 carnage by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), which has now been renamed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

"The trial of the culprits will be completed as soon as possible," Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said at a function to remember the sacrifice of the paramilitary personnel killed during the failed rebellion.

Wreaths were placed on behalf of President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and special prayers held in memory of those killed during the massacre.

Fifty-seven army officers were among the 74 people killed that included the then BDR chief Major General Shakil Ahmed.

The mutiny had spread to sector headquarters and regional units of the frontier force across the country though casualties took place only at the Pilkhana headquarters in the capital.

The 36-hour-long mutiny ended when the mutineers were forced to lay down their weapons amid mounting pressure and fears of military assaults on the paramilitary personnel.

Over 3,036 rebellious troops have been jailed for periods up to seven years by paramilitary courts while many still await trail on mutiny charges.

Fifty-seven frontier guards are still on the run. Under a reconstruction campaign, Bangladesh last year renamed the force as BGB and changed its laws, uniform, flag and monogram.

The rebellious soldiers had claimed that a sense of "deprivation" had prompted them to stage the bloody mutiny, according to a government report.


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 00:37

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