Bangladesh BDR mutiny probe body reconstituted

March 2nd, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, March 2 (Xinhua) The Bangladesh government Monday reconstituted the body to probe the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny with strong military representation to find out the cause and culprits involved in the brutal massacre at BDR Headquarters here last week.
Retired secretary Anis-uz-Zaman Khan replaces Home Minister Sahara Khatun as head of the inquiry committee, which is now enlarged from the previous six-member to an eleven-member body, according to an official announcement Monday.

The new committee draws three members from the Armed Forces Division as well as the newly appointed BDR chief, Brigadier General Mainul Islam.

Mainul Islam succeeded Major General Shakil Ahmed who was killed in the mutiny.

“The committee will investigate the background and reasons for the bloody mutiny and make recommendations on other related issues,” a home ministry notification said.

The committee has been asked to submit the inquiry report within seven days.

Thousands of BDR members staged mutiny against their army officers last Wednesday, leaving 64 army officers dead and 71 still missing. The revolt came to an end Thursday evening after a series of negotiations between the mutineers and government officials.

BDR, whose main task is to protect the country’s borders, is under home minister, but its senior officers are all from the army.

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