Bangladesh government on Thursday pointed fingers at the outlawed militant outfit Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in connection with last month’s mutiny in the paramilitary force BDR which killed 73 army officers.
Their comments came as the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the British Scotland Yard joined hands with Bangladeshi investigators to probe the 33-hour mutiny. “Not all BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) men were involved (in the mutiny)... And some JMB links have been found,” Commerce Minister Lt Col (Retd) Faruq Khan said.
Khan, who heads a high-power committee to coordinate the foreign and local investigations into the February 25-26 carnage at the BDR headquarters here, did not elaborate on the suspected militant links. However, he said a “dangerous conspiracy is going on to destroy the development of the country”.
“We are in the process of interrogating the 40 or so people we have arrested. We have found in the process of examining their files that some of them have links to the JMB,” Khan said. “The suspects were BDR troops. We are asking why these kinds of people were recruited to the BDR.”
An official familiar with the investigation, meanwhile, told PTI preferring anonymity that they found clues of past links of several of the suspected BDR rebels in custody with JMB.
The revolt followed an intensified anti-militancy campaign by the government in which several of the slain officers had made contributions.
The troops involved in the mutiny initially said they were protesting over pay and conditions but Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that a force trying to overthrow democracy was to blame.
Hasina came to power after winning the December 29 elections, which restored a democratically elected administration to the country after two years of rule by an army backed regime.