27 January, 2021

Soldiers Of Ill Fortune

The mutiny in the Bangladesh Rifles raises larger questions

Soldiers Of Ill Fortune
The Pak Hand?
  • Hasina govt to try war crimes accused from 1971 war.
  • Believing it could sully Pak army’s image home, Zardari sends special envoy early Feb to dissuade Dhaka.
  • Among those expected to be tried are Jamaat leaders. They along with other radical groups allegedly fanned BDR mutiny.


As Dhaka bustled around on the morning of February 25, the sound of rapid gunfire shook the city, sending many diving for cover in the upmarket Dhanmandi area and its vicinity. Unfolding inside the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters at Pilkhana was a full-blown mutiny. With their faces covered and sporting red headbands, the mutineers took charge of the Pilkhana complex and its adjoining Rifles Square market. Over blaring loudspeakers, the rebels aired their grievances, demanding a hike in salaries and accusing their officers of corruption.

At the time, nobody knew that the mutineers had killed 60 officers—the same officers from the...



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