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Bangladesh renames mutiny-hit BDR as BGB

Bangladesh has renamed its mutiny-hit paramilitary force BDR as Border Guard Bangladesh, changing its logo as well as uniform.

world Updated: Dec 22, 2010 17:57 IST

Bangladesh has renamed its mutiny-hit paramilitary force BDR as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), changing its logo as well as uniform.

President Zillur Rahman has assented to the Border Guard Bangladesh Bill 2010 that renames Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), changes its logo and provides death penalty for mutiny, The Daily Star reported.

Under the new law, the paramilitary agency will be known as the Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB).

The bill will come into effect from December 23.

The draft law was passed in parliament on December 8 after it was tabled on July 14. The cabinet approved it on July 12.

The government had moved to enact the law repealing the existing one to restructure the BDR in the wake of the heinous killings of army officers at the Pilkhana headquarters in February last year.

The unprecedented mutiny broke out on February 25-26 last year when army officers refused to fulfill the demands made by BDR jawans. The mutiny left 74 people including 57 army officers killed.

At a press conference today, 24 Rifle Battalion in charge Lt Col Shamsur Rahman said the trial of BDR Peelkhana mutiny would be held under old BDR laws.

"If the actions of any of the accused are tantamount to mutiny after Dec 23, the new law will be applicable."

The new law defines mutiny as two or more people disobeying valid orders from the authorities, challenging or obstructing the authorities, expressing their legal or illegal dissatisfaction to the authorities or making any attempt to commit any of the above.

The law has further toughened penalties for crimes committed by border guards, including a provision of death penalty for mutiny, or disobedience in the field by border guards.

The existing maximum penalty under the BDR law is seven years in jail.

First Published: Dec 22, 2010 17:55 IST