Dhaka mutiny probe panel given a week’s extension

March 9th, 2009 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, March 9 (IANS) The panel formed to investigate the Bangladesh Rifles troopers’ mutiny has been given a week’s extension by the Sheikh Hasina government.
The home ministry extended the tenure of the 11-member committee following a request by the committee head Anisuzzaman Khan Sunday, The Daily Star reported.

The committee was formed March 2 and was then asked to submit its report in a week.

The mutiny by the BDR troopers broke out Feb 25 when they took control of their headquarters in the capital. The troopers revolted over low wages and poor working conditions.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered general amnesty to them, but the troopers were defiant and refused to lay down arms.

The government held talks with a delegation of the mutineers Feb 26 and an agreement was reached but by that time, the mutiny spread to other BDR camps located all over the country.

The revolt ended in the face of an imminent attack by the Bangladesh Army which moved tanks into position outside the BDR headquarters. The mutineers then laid down their arms.

Only a few of those arrested in the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny have admitted their role in the carnage. The revolt left 74 people dead, including 55 army officers.

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