‘I cut myself to be alive’

The mutiny at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters here has spawned horror stories of how soldiers were forced to fire at their colleagues while some were ordered to dig mass graves.
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Updated on Feb 28, 2009 11:20 PM IST
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IANS | By, Dhaka

The mutiny at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters here has spawned horror stories of how soldiers were forced to fire at their colleagues while some were ordered to dig mass graves — but one of the most chilling accounts is of an officer who smeared his colleague’s blood over his body to escape death.

Major Monir, one of the few to return home after the bloody revolt, recounted how he cheated certain death when BDR troopers went on a killing spree at the force headquarters on Wednesday over poor salary and working conditions.

Minutes after the shooting started, a number of mutineers spotted Monir and his colleague Major Maksud hiding in the washroom of the hall. The soldiers started firing and Maksud was hit several times, Monir said.

“As blood gushing out of Maksud sir’s body flooded the floor, I took it in my hands, stained my face with it and pretended to be dead,” Monir said, recalling the horrific incident.

He cut his forehead with a piece of shattered glass in a desperate attempt to make them believe he was dead. But as the blood from his forehead was not enough, he smeared some of Maksud’s blood.

The men came in later and left seeing the blood-spattered bodies and believing Monir and Maksud were dead.

“I then hid myself in a drain. To do this I had to break the window pane of the washroom to escape.

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