BDR revolt ring leader held; hunt on for others

BDR revolt ring leader held; hunt on for others
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Mar 02 2009. 10 02 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 02 2009. 10 02 PM IST
Dhaka: A senior officer of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), identified as the “ring leader” of the bloody rebellion, has been arrested and a massive manhunt is underway to track down about 1,000 fugitive soldiers facing murder charges.
Suspecting conspiracy behind the two-day mutiny that left at least 73 army officers dead, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought the assistance of FBI and Scotland Yard to probe the massacre, as authorities said they have discovered another mass grave in the BDR headquarters.
Touhidul Alam, deputy assistant director of BDR, who led a rebel delegation in talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been taken into custody while attempting to flee the country, said the chief of Lalbagh police station where a case has been filed.
The police claim they have gathered “enough evidence” against Alam and other conspirators of the two-day mutiny.
Among the 73 officers who were killed was BDR chief Maj. Gen. Shakil Ahmed. Mutilated bodies of his wife, Nazneen, and three other civilians were recovered from the mass graves and drains inside the BDR complex.
Meanwhile, India on Monday, expressed solidarity with Bangladesh and said it was ready to extend whatever support Dhaka may require.
External affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee wrote to the Bangladesh PM expressing “great shock”.
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First Published: Mon, Mar 02 2009. 10 02 PM IST