No amnesty for killers in BDR mutiny: Sheikh Hasina
Dhaka, Feb.28 (ANI): As Bangladesh observes a three-day mourning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced that the perpetrators of the carnage committed during BDR's mutiny would not be pardoned under general amnesty given to others. They will be punished as per law of the land.
"They will be tried according to law and punished," the Daily Star quoted PM's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad as saying.
On Friday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met the families of the army officers killed during the BDR mutiny at Combined Military Hospital in the city.
"All must remain alert so none can stage any new incident because games of provocateurs are not over," said Hasina while talking to media after visiting injured BDR officers at CMH in Dhaka Cantonment.
The prime minister also talked with members of the bereaved families who lost their beloved ones. Hasina stated that although she had declared general amnesty, every institution has its own rules and an inquiry into the incident will be done accordingly.
"It seems that all BDR personnel were not involved in it. It seems a certain group staged the incident," she said. "It must also be inquired if any quarter provoked this incident," Hasina added.
"We must see also whether there was any plan to use this incident for a different purpose," the PM said on a note of skepticism and questioned: "Why this incident was staged, what was the purpose?"
Hasina asked even if the rebellious BDR men had some grievances and demands, they could have told the government. But why did they open fire on their own brothers in uniform?
While extending sympathy to members of the bereaved families, Hasina mentioned the August 15 tragedy and said she does feel the pain of losing father, mother and brothers.
"We don't want such bloodshed. Why this cruelty being staged time and again!"
The premier categorically said such "cruelty must end, all must remain peaceful".
Hasina, who handled the BDR mutiny through negotiations with the rebels, revealed that she had asked the Army to stay on standby alongside the negotiation to cool down the rebels and disarm them.
"Our main concern was to rescue those kept hostage inside the headquarters and we completed the task successfully," she told mediapersons.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Government has set up a six-member committee headed by Home Minister Sahara Khatun to investigate the massacre of army officers and innocent civilians by disgruntled BDR jawans at the BDR headquarters at Pilkhana.
It will submit its findings within seven days about the carnage that occurred in the wake of mutiny by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Wednesday.
Moreover, the government also announced a three-day national mourning from since Friday to mourn the deaths of those fallen during the border guards' mutiny. The national flag will be kept at half-mast during the mourning. (ANI)