Mutiny spreads to other towns in Bangla; 50 killed
Dhaka, Feb 26: The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny has spread to various towns like Sakira, Jessore, Rajshahi, Maulvibazar and Mymensingh on Thursday, Feb 26 even as the mutiny continued in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka. The heavy gunbattle among the BDR troops that began in their headquarters over a pay dispute has claimed 50 lives so far. Many of the dead are believed to be of senior members of BDR.
35 military officials along with BDR Chief, Major Shakil Ahmed are missing while serving the paramilitary forces on deputation.
Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday, Feb 25 had a meeting with the BDR members and offered amnesty and assured to meet the demands of the rebel troops. On Thursday, Feb 26 she has called for an urgent meeting with her senior party leaders and cabinet ministers to discuss the situation.
The mutinous soldiers laid down their arms on Thursday, Feb 25 after accepting amnesty from the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina. But, the mutiny started in various dozen towns outside the capital. There were shooting incidents reported, police officials said.
Officials said 50 stranded women and children had been evacuated from the headquarters. There is still no count on how many people are stranded inside the headquarters that can house 2,000 troops.