Tanks enter Bangladesh Rifles headquarters, search on for missing officers

February 27th, 2009 - 1:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Feb 27 (IANS) Army tanks rolled into the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters, where mutinous troopers who had battled the army for 33-hours had been holed up, in the capital city Friday morning as search operations for missing officers began.
Army troops, backed by six tanks and 20 armoured vehicles, entered the sprawling BDR compound Friday morning through the main entrance, bdnews24.com reported.

The troops used loudhailers to ask people to move away as they drove up the Satmasjid Road from their overnight base in the residential neighbourhood Dhanmondi.

“Keep quiet. No slogans, please,” a soldier said.

The army was conducting search and rescue operations at the BDR headquarters. At least two teams of the army personnel headed by two brigadiers general entered the complex at about 11 a.m. (10.30 a.m. in India), a television channel reported.

The mutiny by the BDR troopers broke out Wednesday morning when they took control of their headquarter in the capital city. 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 Thursday 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.

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