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Six BDR men suspected of leading B'desh mutiny

Six Bangladesh Rifles personnel were identified by police as the ringleaders of the 33-hour mutiny that wiped out nearly the entire batch of army officers serving in the paramilitary force.

world Updated: Mar 01, 2009 20:47 IST
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Six Bangladesh Rifles personnel were on Sunday identified by police as the ringleaders of the 33-hour mutiny that wiped out nearly the entire batch of army officers serving in the paramilitary force.

Police on Sunday filed murder charges against 1,000 members of BDR, initially suspecting six of them to have led the rebellion. "We accused them of killing the officers and their family members in a planned manner," an official at the Dhaka's Lalbagh Police station told PTI.

They accused four BDR deputy assistant directors (DADs) and two lower-rank soldiers of leading the revolt, taking hostage, setting fire and hiding the bodies of the officials and their spouses.

The six were DADs Touhidul Alam, Jalil, Nasiruddin Khan, Mirza Mahbubur Rahman and jawans Abdur Rahim and Selim, according to Bangladeshi media portal bdnews24.Com.

Bodies of 73 army officers were retrieved so far while army and fire service rescuers were carrying out searches for over 70 others. At least 33 officers survived the massacre.

The figure excluded the slain wives, relatives, civilians and BDR soldiers apparently killed for opposing the revolt.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday went to Dhaka Cantonment in her bid to quell the anguish in army, staying there for several hours for talks with officers.