200 BDR men held in 7 dists
About 200 suspected BDR rebels were arrested from different sectors, battalions and camps in seven northern districts yesterday as the police started filing sedition cases against the border troops across the country for staging February 25-26 mutiny.
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) assisted by army personnel arrested suspected mutineers from different BDR units as courts concerned issued warrant against them following filing of the cases.
Later police hauled the BDR jawans before the courts in the districts concerned which ordered to send them to jails.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court placed 37 suspected BDR mutineers on a five-day remand each yesterday in connection with the carnage in the Pilkhana headquarters.
Of the arrestees, 51 were detained in Dinajpur, 20 in Joypurhat, 25 in Thakurgaon, 22 in Panchagarh, 33 in Rangpur, 34 in Kurigram and 15 in Lalmonirhat.
Earlier, law enforcers prepared a list of BDR jawans who looted arms from armouries and came out of their camps to stage mutiny across the country. The home ministry finally approved 40 sedition cases in 27 districts in connection with the mutinies at different BDR units.
Earlier on Sunday, 149 BDR jawans were rounded up from different BDR battalions and camps in Bandarban and Rangamati following filing of sedition cases against them.
Our correspondents from Rangpur, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Thakurgaon and Lalmonirhat report: The courts issued warrant orders after officers in charge (OC) concerned filed sedition cases with the Judicial Magistrate Courts of the districts on Sunday on charge of rebellion in different BDR sectors and battalions.
BDR sources said suspected BDR rebels were identified by examining video footages of different television channels and photographs published in different local and national dailies and on the basis of statements of BDR personnel.
Prior to the raids, administrations in the districts beefed up security deploying army, Rab and police personnel around BDR units.
Last month, 42 BDR jawans under Dinajpur sector were sent to Dhaka Pilkhana BDR Headquarters for interrogation.
Our court correspondent adds: The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka yesterday placed 37 BDR jawans on remand after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) produced them before the court with a petition for a seven-day remand for each of them.
The court, however, granted only five-day remand for them.
Of 37 BDR jawans, 30 were shown arrested earlier while seven others were shown arrested yesterday raising the number of total arrestees in the case to 1382.