Bangla appoints new chief of BDR in place of slain Ahmed

Brigadier General Mainul Hossain was appointed as the new director general of Bangladesh Rifles in place of its slain chief Major General Shakil Ahmed, who was killed in the rebellion by paramilitary soldiers.
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Updated on Feb 27, 2009 11:21 PM IST
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Brigadier General Mainul Hossain was on Friday appointed as the new director general of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in place of its slain chief Major General Shakil Ahmed, who was killed in the rebellion by paramilitary soldiers.

The security forces on Friday retrieved Ahmed's body, as a mass grave of at least 42 bodies, was unearthed from the BDR headquarters in the Pilkhana area in Dhaka.

The appointment of Hossain was announced by Sheikh Hasina's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad, who also declared a three-day mourning in the country to pay homage to the army officers who lost their lives in the mutiny.

Ahmed's bullet-ridden body was found this evening buried along with many others in the mass grave at BDR headquarters, according to Fire Brigade Director Sheikh Mohammad Shahjalal.

"It had been shot several times and was badly decomposed. Colleagues identified him," Shahjalal said. The fate of his wife and teenage son is not yet known.

Aided by sniffer dogs, security forces came across the mass grave and unearthed the bodies of army officers hurriedly piled up with mud, taking the toll so far to 67.

The death toll in the two-day revolt by the border guards, which erupted over pay rise on Wednesday, is likely to go up as more than 130 army officers remain missing.

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