Islamists blame India for B'desh mutiny, as FBI agents arrive
As agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived in Dhaka to help probe last week's mutiny, rightwing Jamaat-e-Islami party on Sunday accused India of being behind the killings inside the Bangladesh border guards' headquarters.Updated: Mar 09, 2009 03:29 IST
As agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived in Dhaka to help probe last week's mutiny, rightwing Jamaat-e-Islami party on Sunday accused India of being behind the killings inside the Bangladesh border guards' headquarters.
"The killing mission was executed from Indian intelligence headquarters through close monitoring," Matiur Rahman Nizami, the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, said while addressing a meeting of his party in Dhaka.
India pulled a masterstroke by destroying the border guards and trying to weaken Bangladesh's army and national security, he said, claiming that Indian media ran the news of the carnage citing Indian intelligence sources before the local television stations could cover it.
Some Indian media, quoting intelligence sources, earlier pointed the finger at Jamaat claiming the Islamist group sparked the mutiny in Bangladesh to divert attention from the prosecution of Jamaat-e-Islami members on trial for war crimes committed in the 1971 war of independence.
Meanwhile, two agents of the FBI arrived in Dhaka on Sunday to help Bangladesh probe the mutiny that left dozens of army officers dead.
"They will sit with the home ministry officials Monday to agree on terms of reference for their operation in Bangladesh during the investigation," a ministry official said.
The agents are expected to visit the crime scene and examine the evidence along with investigators from the Criminal Investigation Department of the police, he added.
First Published: Mar 09, 2009 03:27 IST