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12:00 AM, March 10, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 10, 2009

450 BDR men found involved so far

Investigators say about 12 led several groups of mutineers

Investigators have so far found involvement of around 450 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel in the mutiny at the BDR Headquarters while at least 12 of them led several groups of mutineers.
An investigation into the BDR mutiny revealed that some outsiders had knowledge about the rebellion, said a top official of a law enforcement agency investigating the mutiny in which 74 people including 51 army officers got killed.
"We are now investigating whether they took part in the bloody mutiny," the official said wishing anonymity.
Meantime, the 11-member enquiry committee, formed by the government to probe the mutiny, interrogated a few accused at Taskforce for Interrogation (TFI) cell in the capital for about four hours from 11:00am yesterday.
"We have found involvement of around 450 BDR officials and jawans in the mutiny scrutinising the video footages and photographs,"
the investigator said.
The official said they are now trying to get details about the 450 mutineers by interrogating the arrestees.
"We have so far identified 10 to 12 BDR members who led several groups of mutineers during the 33-hour-long bloody mutiny," said the official.
Two of them were in the team of 14 BDR personnel who conducted negotiation with the government.
Another investigator said they have primarily found that the rebels killed 90 percent of the army officers by 11:00am since the mutiny broke out on February 25.
"The investigation found that it was done in a planned way. When a group of mutineers attacked and killed BDR Director General Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed at the Darbar Hall, another group simultaneously attacked his residence and injured two guards there," he said.
After killing army officers at the BDR headquarters, the rebels dumped the bodies in the sewer and mass graves in such a way that the rescuers found it difficult to trace those.
Investigators said they are finding it hard to identify the BDR personnel who were on duty at the BDR gates and five armouries inside the BDR headquarters as the duty rosters had either been burnt or torn up.
"This suggests that it was a pre-planned act and we are trying to find out the mastermind behind it," said an investigator.
Asked about the involvement of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and militants in the mutiny, the investigators said they are yet to find their involvement in it.
Meanwhile, the probe committee members held a meeting with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) officials at its headquarters in the afternoon and asked the law enforcers to give them information about the mutiny.

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