10 more bodies found at BDR headquartersFebruary 28th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI
Dhaka, Feb 28 (ANI): Ten more bodies have been found after two more mass graves were opened during a rescue operation at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters on Saturday.
On Friday, thirty-eight more bodies were found at the headquarters, including Major General Shakil Ahmed.
Ahmed ‘’s corpse was pitted with bullet holes and marks of bayonet charge. It had at least seven bullet wounds.
Thirty-four of the bodies were recovered from a fifteen-feet-deep hole located beside the BDR hospital mortuary while the other four bodies were recovered from a sewage-filled canal off the headquarters.
Another 24 bodies have been recovered in other parts of the compound including in drains and sewers, The Daily Star reports .
Meanwhile, the national mourning is being observed for the second day today.
The government announced a three-day national mourning from Friday, and the national flag has been kept at half-mast.
The mutiny broke out on Wednesday morning following an altercation between the officers and men of Bangladesh Rifles over the pay and perks, conditions of service and other facilities, which they alleged, were discriminatory. The officers mostly are on deputation from Bangladesh Army. They said they were angry that the officers, who are seconded from the army, had not raised their concerns with Hasina.
They demanded better pay, longer holidays and the right to join UN peacekeeping missions, for which Bangladesh is the second-biggest troop contributor after Pakistan.
BDR members earn 100 dollars a month, less than army soldiers, and receive food rations for three months of the year, compared with twelve for the army. (ANI)
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