More than 150 BDR soldiers, suspected of involvement in the massacre of 73 Army officers, have been identified by investigators, who are also focussing on possible “militant and extra-Bangladesh links” to the bloody mutiny in the paramilitary force in Dhaka nearly two weeks ago.
Officials familiar with the investigation into the 33-hour revolt in the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on February 25-26 said that more than 150 rebel soldiers were identified after screening of photographs and video footages while 36 had been detained so far as interrogation of suspects was underway.
“We have been using the television footages and still photographs captured by the journalists during the mutiny to identify the rebels while interrogation of the arrested soldiers was underway,” an official told PTI.
The official, who did not wish to be named, said investigators were also trying to unearth possible militant and extra-Bangladesh links to the massacre, examining the background of the rebel soldiers.
Meanwhile, the ‘Daily Star´ newspaper, quoting investigation sources, said some 250 suspected BDR mutineers were still on the run, defying government orders to get back to barracks as a massive manhunt, including the army-led ‘Operation Rebel Hunt´, was underway to locate them.