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Pilkhana carnage today

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 12:33 PM, 25 February 2021  

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The 12th anniversary of the Pilkhana carnage, in which 74 people including 57 army officers were killed, is being observed in a befitting manner on Thursday (February 25).

Representatives of the President and the Prime Minister and the Home Affairs Minister, chiefs of the three services, senior secretary of Public Security Division of the Home Ministry and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) director-general laid floral wreaths at the Military Graveyard in Banani around 9:00 am.

On February 25 in 2009, several hundred mutinous soldiers took up weapons against their superior officers at Darbar Hall coinciding with the “BDR Week” inside the Pilkhana headquarters and killed 57 officers. The 36-hour-long mutiny finally ended on the next day when the mutineers were forced to lay down their weapons. Later on February 28, a case was filed with the Lalbagh Police Station in this regard. 

On January 23, 2011, the BDR was renamed as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) under a massive reconstruction drive, that also included changes of the uniform, the flag and the monogram. As part of the move, a new law was made stipulating death for mutiny. Under the subsequent actions, mutineers were exposed to trial under the BDR Act and several thousands of BDR soldiers were jailed for different periods up to seven years by some special courts.

On November 6, 2013, a Dhaka court awarded the death penalty to 152 people and sentenced 161 others to life imprisonment for their involvement in the carnage. The court also handed down rigorous imprisonment, ranging from three to 10 years, to another 256 people, mostly BDR jawans, in the BDR carnage case. 

Meanwhile, the BGB, the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), took up an elaborate programme across the country to mark the anniversary. BGB flags will be flown at half-mast at all BGB installations and all BGB members will wear black badges to mark the day. Milad and doa mahfils will be held at the mosques and BOP (border observation post) of the BGB after the Jumah prayer on Friday.