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12:00 AM, February 27, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 27, 2009

Gate of death

Wasa plans to pump water into sewer lines to flush out bodies

Army personnel search the Buriganga for more bodies after six corpses were found at the Nawabganj Bazar Sluice Gate in Hazaribagh, inset, yesterday morning.Photo: STAR

The sluice gate of a sewage line from BDR headquarters turned into a hole for the dead as more bodies of BDR officers killed in Wednesday's mutiny floated out of the gate at Nawabganj Bazar yesterday morning.
Eight bodies--two on Wednesday and six yesterday--were found near the sluice gate in Hazaribagh.
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) plans to pump water into the sewage lines from inside BDR headquarters to flush out bodies if any are still trapped inside.
It had initially deployed a team to search for bodies at the sluice gate but later withdrew as there was little they could do from that end.
Meanwhile, relatives of missing army personnel rushed to the spot around Wednesday noon as soon as they heard about the bodies. Six other bodies had floated out to the same place by 9:00am yesterday.
The bodies discovered yesterday were identified as those of Lt Col Kamruzzaman, Lt Col Anisuzzaman, Maj Mahbub, Col Zahid, Col Tauheed and Captain Mohammad Majharul Hayder, Lalbagh police said.
The bodies were sent to Mitford Hospital.
Captain Majharul Hayder, who got married only in December last year, served as a staff officer to the director general (DG) of BDR.
His wife Nushrat Nur Badhon, daughter of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad, was rescued from the BDR headquarters at Pilkhana Wednesday night.
The whereabouts of the family members of the six other army officials are yet to be known.
The drains from the BDR headquarters end up in the Buriganga through Kellarmore, Swarighat, Babubazar and Sadarghat.
Since the first two bodies were found at the sluice gate in Hazaribagh, hundreds of locals including relatives of those who are missing have been watching the sewage pouring out of there.
Muazzem Hossain, at the sluice gate, told reporters that his younger brother Maj Humayun was at the BDR headquarters when the mutiny began and he is missing.
Mutawakkil was found weeping, as he anticipated the worst. No one in the family has been able to contact his nephew Lt Col Shamsul Azam since Wednesday morning.
A Wasa engineer said, "The bodies seem to have been dumped into the sewage line through manholes and the flowing water carried them out the sluice gate."
There are around 10 manholes inside the BDR headquarters compound, he said. The diameter of the sewage line under Pilkhana is between three and four feet.
The underground sub-sewer line from BDR headquarters has two sections. One section, with five metre diameter, goes out under Gate-4 and runs up to Nawabganj Sluice Gate. The other ends in Hazaribagh canal at Kalunagar.

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