Paramilitary forces based throughout Bangladesh have risen up in protest against alleged plans to disband them, as well as pay and conditions. Known as the Bangladesh Rifles, they number around 40,000. The mutineers have taken a number of officers hostage, and the Bangladeshi Daily Star reports that they have begun executing some of them:
“Six more bodies of Wednesday’s mutiny at the BDR Headquarters were found this (Thursday) morning at sluice gate in front of Nawabganj Park near the headquarters in the capital. Five of them were identified as Lt Col Anisuzzaman, Lt Col Kamruzzaman, Maj Mahbub, Col Zahid and Col Touhid…
Earlier, bodies of the two officers — Col Mujibul Huq and Lt Col Enayetul Haq — were recovered from a sewage system outside the BDR headquarters.”
However, reports are already claiming that some (or all?) of the mutineers are surrendering:
“Home Minister Sahara Khatun today (Thursday) said the BDR mutineers have already surrendered their arms and got back to barracks. Talking to reporters at the home ministry, Sahara said a BDR jawan, Naser, told her at about 3:00pm over phone that they have already laid down their arms and got back to barracks.
“We are taking our arms back to the armoury,” a BDR jawan who was at the gate-3 of the BDR Headquarters told reporter at about 3:30pm. “We have decided to return to the barracks following the commitment by the prime minister to fulfil our demands,” he also said.”
Update (14:08): A number of news outlets are now reporting that the BDR mutineers have surrendered.
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