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12:00 AM, February 26, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:47 AM, February 26, 2020

Pilkhana carnage anniversary observed

The 11th anniversary of the carnage at the BDR headquarters in the capital was observed yesterday.

A total of 74 people, including 57 army officers, were killed in the carnage beginning on this day in 2009.

To observe the day, Border Guard Bangladesh organised Quran Khwani, doa, and milad mahfil at its all regions, sectors, institutions, and units, including the Pilkhana headquarters.

In the morning, floral wreaths were placed at the graves of the slain army officers at the Military Graveyard in the capital's Banani on behalf of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, BGB Director General Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam and relatives of the slain officers also paid their tributes to the dead.

On February 25, 2009, several hundred Bangladesh Rifles (now BGB) men rose up in an armed revolt at the Darbar Hall of the force's Pilkhana headquarters during the three-day "BDR Week". They killed 74 people, including 57 army officers.

The mutiny finally ended the following day with the surrender of firearms, ammunition and grenades through a negotiation between the then government and the BDR rebels.

A total of 58 cases were filed in connection with the incident.

Some 152 people were sentenced to death and 423 others to different jail terms in the killing case. Besides, 277 accused were acquitted.

Among the convicts, 262 mutineers were sentenced to different jail terms and 161 people, including late BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and local Awami League leader Torab Ali, were sentenced to life imprisonment.

On the other hand, 5,926 BDR personnel were sentenced to different jail terms ranging from four months to seven years in the 57 mutiny cases.

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