တုိင္းရင္းသားအသံ တရားမွ်တမွဳအတြက္တုိက္ပြဲဝင္အသံမ်ား

တုိင္းရင္းသားအသံ
ကတိမတည္ေသာဘဂၤလာေဒ့ရွ္အစုိးရ၊ပုန္ကန္တဲ့စစ္သားမ်ားကုိလြတ္ျငိမ္ခ်မ္းသာခြင့္ေပး မည္ဆုိျပီမွျပန္ဖမ္း၊ဒါေၾကာင့္၊ဘာဘဲလုပ္လုပ္ျပီတဲ့အထိလုပ္ပါ၊

Bangladesh mutineers ‘arrested’

Officials in Bangladesh say security forces have arrested nearly 200 members of the country’s border security force following a two-day mutiny.

A spokesman said the guards had fled their headquarters in the capital Dhaka, where the mutiny began, dressed as civilians.

The guards have ended their two-day mutiny, surrendering their weapons and freeing all hostages.

Twenty people have died and dozens injured in the stand-off.

The mutiny began on Wednesday with rank-and-file guards mutinying over pay and conditions.

A spokesman for the Rapid Action Battalion, the country’s internal security force, Commander Abul Kalam Azad told the AFP news agency that they had been given “orders to arrest the mutineers”.

He said checkpoints had been set up at roads leading out of Dhaka and surrounding the border guard barracks.

“We are searching buses and trucks for any other rebel troops,” he said.

The border guards ended their mutiny on Thursday after tanks surrounded the guards’ barracks and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina threatened tough action unless they surrendered.

It is unclear if mutineers at bases outside Dhaka have also surrendered.

Heavy toll

The bodies of nine army officers have been recovered from the BDR complex, apparently killed by the mutineers.

The guards’ chief Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed is reported to be among those killed, but there is no official confirmation.

Military officials said they are searching the complex for more than 100 missing officers. Some are thought to have hidden in manholes.

Seven BDR troopers were also killed in the clashes, along with four civilians, including one boy.

Army tanks had been positioned around the border force’s headquarters in Dhaka.

The average BDR trooper earns about $70 (£49) a month, equivalent to the pay of a low-ranking government clerk. Their senior officers, in contrast, are relatively well-paid army officers.

Amnesty

Earlier on Thursday, in a televised address to the nation, the prime minister called on the border guards BDR to abandon what she called their “suicidal action”.

“Lay down your guns immediately and go back to barracks,” she said.

“Do not force me to take tough actions or push my patience,” she said.

The government offered the border guards a general amnesty, and the prime minister promised to look into the soldiers’ grievances.

The crisis began on Wednesday at about 0930 local time (0330 GMT) with heavy fighting. An army helicopter patrolling above the barracks was shot at and mortar rounds were also fired.

The BDR has nearly 70,000 men stationed at 42 camps across the country, including 40,000 on the borders.

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