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11th anniv of Pilkhana carnage observed
UNB, Dhaka

11th anniv of Pilkhana carnage observed

Relatives of the officers, who were killed in 2009 BDR mutiny, offer munajat seeking eternal peace of the departed souls at the Military Graveyard in Banani of the capital marking the eleventh anniversary of the carnage yesterday. Independent Photo

The 11th anniversary of the atrocious carnage at Pilkhana 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. Marking the day, the BGB arranged Quran Khwani, doa and milad mahfil at all regions, sectors, institutions, and units including the Pilkhana headquarters. On February 25, 2009, several hundred Bangladesh Rifles (now BGB) men rose up in armed revolt at Darbar Hall during the three-day 'BDR Week' inside the Pilkhana headquarters and killed 74 people, including 57 deputed army officers.

The mutiny finally ended the following day (Feb 26) with the surrender of the firearms, ammunition and grenades through negotiation between the government and the BDR rebels. Following the mutiny, the paramilitary force was renamed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

A total of 58 cases were filed-one for serious crimes, including murder and looting, and the rest for mutiny, in connection with the incident.

Some 152 people were sentenced to death and 423 others to different jail terms and 277 others acquitted in the country’s largest-ever killing case.

Among the convicts, 262 mutineers were sentenced to different jail terms starting from three months to 19 years and 161 people, including late BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and local Awami League leader Torab Ali, were sentenced to life imprisonment.