Tanks close in on BDR headquarters, army ready to strike

February 26th, 2009 - 6:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Feb 26 (IANS) Tanks rumbled on the roads leading to the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital city Thursday as the army prepared to suppress the mutiny by the border guards.
The army is apparently set to enter the BDR headquarters with heavy arms through the gates of the Pilkhana complex, heightening fears of heavy bloodshed, Star Online reported.

Army personnel took up positions and tanks began closing in on the BDR headquarters just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

Army troops were asking people to move out of the areas around the sprawling complex.

Eight tanks moved up Road 27, Dhanmondi, on their way to the main gate of the complex where the armed rebels were present, BDnews24 reported.

Hours after holding talks with the mutineers, army personnel fired several gunshots on the way to headquarters, the nerve centre of the revolt.

Residents of the surrounding areas have been evacuated.

The BDR troopers rose in an uprising Wednesday in which at least 50 people were killed. Though the Sheikh Hasina government has offered general amnesty, the troopers appeared to be defiant and there are reports that the mutiny has spread to other BDR camps located in various parts of the country.

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