Some 824 charged in Bangladesh's border guards mutiny

20:55, July 12, 2010      

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801 border guards and 23 civilians will be charged with involvement in the Feb. 25-26, 2009 mutiny in the headquarters of Bangladesh's paramilitary force, which left 74 people dead, including 57 officers deputed from the Army, an investigation officer said Monday.

Abdul Kahar Akand, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer, told reporters Monday at a press briefing that "the charge sheet in Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny case will accuse around 801 border guards and 23 civilians of murder, looting, arson and hiding bodies in mass graves."

He said that the mutiny took place at 62 spots in the headquarters of the border guards in capital Dhaka.

The Bangladeshi government had already decided to try the accused for offenses like killings, attempt to murder, looting and arson committed during the Feb. 25-26 mutiny, at the speedy trial tribunal under the penal code.

Other offenses like breach of discipline and defying superiors' orders at the BDR headquarters in Dhaka and other stations of the force across the country are being tried under the BDR laws.

The maximum punishment under the penal code is death while under the BDR laws it is seven years' imprisonment.

During the mutiny, nearly 8,000 BDR personnel were present at the headquarters of the paramilitary force which, with around 67, 000 members, is guarding the South Asian country's long border line of 4,427 km with India and Myanmar.

Source: Xinhua


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