Pilkhana carnage: Remembrance to martyrs with love, respect
Published: 06:55 PM, 25 February 2021
Senior military and civilian officials, including the President and the Prime Minister’s Military Secretary, the Chief of Army Staff, the Acting Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff paid their tributes to the slain soldiers at the Pilkhana Military Cemetery in Dhaka on Thursday; Photo: ISPR
The martyrs of the brutal massacre at the then BDR headquarters in Pilkhana have been remembered with respect and love.
The relatives of the martyrs paid their respects with flowers at the graves of the martyrs at the military cemetery in the capital’s Banani on Thursday.
Other political parties have also commemorated the martyrs on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the Pilkhana carnage today.
According to the Inter-Service Public Relation Directorate (ISPR) press release, the 12th martyrdom anniversary of the martyred members of the Bangladesh Army was commemorated with due dignity at the then BDR (now BGB) headquarters in Pilkhana on February 25-26, 2009.
On the occasion, Major General SM Salah Uddin Islam, Military Secretary to the President on behalf of the President M Abdul Hamid, Major General Nakib Ahmed Chowdhury, Military Secretary to the Prime Minister on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, Acting Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Major General Md. Safinul Islam paid homage to the memory of the martyrs.
After placing the wreath, a one-minute silence was observed to pay homage to the martyrs. At that time, members of the armed forces saluted the martyred soldiers. Later, prayers were offered for the forgiveness of the souls of the martyrs.
Milad mahfil and special prayers were also organized in the central mosque of all the cantonments on this day in the presence of army personnel of all levels seeking forgiveness of the souls of the martyrs.
Relatives of the martyred army officers also visited the military cemetery in Banani.
A special prayer and milad mahfil will be held at BGB Central Mosque, Dhaka Sector Mosque and Border Guard Hospital Mosque in Pilkhana after Friday prayers for the peace of the departed souls of the martyrs. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will be present as the chief guest at the BGB Central Mosque.
Besides, among others, the Senior Secretary of Public Security Division under the Ministry of Home Affairs, BGB Director General, relatives of martyrs, all officials working in Pilkhana will join in prayers and milad.
The mutiny started on the morning of February 25, 2009, from the Border Guard BDR’s Darbar Hall. It came to an end the next day through various events. 74 people including 57 army officers were martyred in that incident.
After the bloody mutiny, the BDR was reorganized and renamed Border Guard Bangladesh or BGB.