The full horror of the mutiny by the Bangladesh Rifles was revealed today when security forces discovered a mass grave of at least 42 massacred army officers including its chief Major General Shakil Ahmed who is among 67 dead. The death toll in the two-day revolt by the border guards,which erupted over a pay dispute and command issues on Wednesday,is likely to go up as more than 130 army officers remain missing.
A shocked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said those responsible for the killings would not be spared. She said a probe will be ordered into the mutiny,notwithstanding a general amnesty announced earlier. The people directly involved in the killings will not be pardoned and would not be covered under the general amnesty, she said.
Fire Brigade Director Sheikh Mohammad Shahjalal confirmed that Ahmeds bulled-riddled body had been retrieved. His body was found buried with many others in the mass grave at the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana area of Dhaka.
It had been shot several times and was badly decomposed. Colleagues identified him, Shahjalal said. The fate of his wife and teenage son is not known. A guard at their residence was caught with 225 grams of gold.
Aided by sniffer dogs,security forces came across the mass grave at the BDR headquarters and unearthed 42 bodies of army officers hurriedly piled up with mud,taking the toll so far to 67.
We are digging out dozens of bodies dumped into mass graves. We are still taking the bodies out,so I cant give you an exact number, Brig Abu Naim Shahidullah told NTV.