Killers of slain Bangladesh border guard chief identified

March 18th, 2009 - 11:28 am ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, March 18 (IANS) Three of the detained Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troopers have been identified as among those who gunned down their chief, Maj. Gen. Shakil Ahmed, and 55 army officers in last month’s mutiny, authorities said.
The three have been identified by other mutineers who were now being grilled at the Taskforce for Interrogation (TFI) cell.

“None has so far revealed the names of the initial shooters during interrogation, though it seems they know them,” said a law enforcer tasked with investigation into the carnage, The Daily Star said.

“We’ve identified the killer of BDR DG Maj. Gen. Shakil Ahmed and at least two others who gunned down other senior officers,” said the investigator, requesting anonymity.

He, however, did not reveal the names of the three now in custody.

The BDR trooper who killed the wife of General Shakil has been arrested, he added.

The BDR troopers’ mutiny took place Feb 25-26 at their headquarter located in Dhaka. The troopers revolted over low wages and poor working conditions. The uprising ended in the face of an imminent attack by the Bangladesh Army.

The investigator said they have so far found around 650 troopers who were involved in the mutiny.

Those mutineers have been detected through examination of video footage, interrogation of arrested troopers and from the statements of the surviving officers and family members.

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