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Outsiders in uniform responsible: BDR chief

Video footage of the mutiny by the country’s border guards shows “outsiders wearing BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) uniform”, a senior army official has alleged.

world Updated: Mar 05, 2009 00:46 IST

Video footage of the mutiny by the country’s border guards shows “outsiders wearing BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) uniform”, a senior army official has alleged.

The new BDR chief Brigadier General Mohammed Mainul Islam referred to “unknown people” who did not belong to the force, while talking to The Daily Star newspaper Tuesday, reinforcing the government charge of “a conspiracy by outside forces”.

The officer is part of the high level probe looking into the insurrection February 25-26 in which thousands of BDR troopers stormed into an officers’ conference and went on a killing spree.

PM fears more attacks

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who weathered the first serious challenge to her nascent regime, said “conspiracy and evil designs are still being hatched after the bloody BDR mutiny in a bid to foil the country’s democracy, independence and sovereignty.” “Perhaps, many did not like the end of the crises. so conspiracy and evil designs are still being hatched,” she said in her first public remarks outside parliament since the BDR troopers mutinied at their headquarters. Saying that conspiracy against Bangladesh has not yet ended, Hasina said: “Plot is still on to foil the country’s democracy, independence and sovereignty”.