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BDR mutiny: 35 suspects arrested

At least 35 suspected Bangladesh Rifles rebel soldiers have been arrested and identified as “culprits” in the massacre of 73 army officers in a bloody mutiny last month, as a four-member Scotland Yard team arrived in the country to help investigations.

world Updated: Mar 11, 2009 21:19 IST

At least 35 suspected Bangladesh Rifles rebel soldiers have been arrested and identified as “culprits” in the massacre of 73 army officers in a bloody mutiny last month, as a four-member Scotland Yard team arrived in the country to help investigations.

These 35 personnel were arrested after they were identified in a screening process which is currently underway, Commerce Minister retired lieutenant colonel Faruq Khan told newsmen.

“Several of them have confessed to their involvement in the incident,” he said.

Khan said that suspects in the carnage were being kept separately from other BDR personnel. The minister heads an 11-member high-powered committee which is probing the massacre.

The minister also said that several major decisions regarding reorganisation of the 42,000 strong Bangladesh Rifles had been taken but did not elaborate.

There have been official reports about a proposal to undertake a reorganisation of the Border guards as well as rename it.