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12:00 AM, February 28, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 28, 2009

Mutineers started to flee after 1pm Thursday

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BDR jawans dumped their uniforms before fleeing the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana.Photo: STAR

Several thousand BDR personnel who were in their headquarters at Pilkhana started to flee at around 1:00 pm on Thursday, sensing trouble.
In a frantic bid to escape, they scaled the boundary wall at more than 15 points between BDR Gate-1 and Gate-5, near Gate-2, said local people.
Around 25 BDR members left their arms outside the boundary wall. Many others who escaped later however threw those back inside the wall.
And about 60 border guards re-entered the BDR headquarters crossing the boundary wall after 8:00 am yesterday, locals said.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained 193 fleeing BDR men at different points in and around the capital, and seized 25 tolas of gold from their possession, said Commander SMAK Azad, director of legal and media wing of Rab.
A law enforcement agency official said they found around 300 BDR personnel in the headquarters yesterday while their number was about 100 on Friday.
Monir Hossain, a resident of nearby Ganaktuli Lane, told these correspondents that escape of BDR men started at about 1:00 pm on Thursday and continued till 8:00 pm.
They chose their escape points as a long stretch of the boundary wall from Azimpur to Hazaribagh, and Hazaribagh to Jigatala was out of army watch at the time, he said.
Another resident of the area -Ainul Haque- said two BDR members were wounded while jumping from the wall. Other escapees took them along. Most of the escapees put off their uniforms inside the boundary wall and the others outside it, said Jahangir, another local.
Some people of the area later threw inside the wall the uniforms found outside it to avert possible trouble.
"About 1,000 people crossed the boundary wall at five points near BDR Gate-2 at Azimpur," said a local resident seeking not to be named.
Two rifles were found in a drain just inside the wall near Gate-2 at 3:00 pm yesterday, one source said.

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