Now that the BDR “mutiny” in Dhaka is over, bodies of those massacred are being found inside the BDR headquarters at Pilkhana. Other bodies have been discovered dumped into sewege drains. Many army and BDR officers remain missing and it is feared the death toll may rise to 170. The BBC reports:
Bangladeshi troops searching the site of a mutiny in Dhaka have uncovered a grave thought to hold the bodies of 58 officers killed by mutineers.
Scores of officers are missing feared dead at the huge border guard barracks where nearly 100 people are now known to have died in two days of unrest.
An army spokesman said all the bodies in the grave appeared to be officers’.
The authorities have arrested at least 200 suspected mutineers who reportedly rebelled over poor pay and conditions.
They were detained while trying to escape dressed in civilian clothes from the barracks of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), officials say.
After visiting the sprawling compound, a government minister declared that the men responsible for the deaths would not receive an amnesty, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina previously offered.
This is mass murder. Many questions are still unanswered. This does not appear to be a spontaneous uprising. A massacre of this scale requires planning and organization. We are likely to find out more gruesome details about what went on inside the BDR headquarters in the 33 hour killing spree.
It is a sad irony that BDR soldiers have carried out this massacre. On the night of March 25, 1971 it was BDR soldiers (then EPR) who became the first martyrs of Bangladesh’s Liberation War when Pakistani soldiers massacred them by the hundreds at Pilkhana. It was the opening salvo of the 1971 genocide. Pilkhana is hallowed ground. These cold blooded murderers have defaced it.