10 yrs of Peelkhana carnage
Security analysts called as anti-liberation plot
Published: 06:30 PM, 24 February 2019
Peelkhana carnage: File Photo
Security analysts described the 2009 Peelkhana carnage as a well orchestrated plot against pro-liberation forces against the anti-liberation ones to destabilize the country ousting the newly formed Awami League government at that time.
“The conspirators’ objective was to oust the newly formed Awami League government,” Major Gen (Retd) Mohammad Ali Sikder said as security analysts and observers rallied at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday, coinciding with the anniversary of the carnage 10 years ago.
He added the plotters mobilized the soldiers to stage the so-called mutiny in the then Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) clearly to create “an anarchy and civil war in the country” as they simultaneously tried to spearhead misleading propaganda as the mutiny was underway.
Shikdar said mutineer BDR soldiers at Peelkhana were equipped with heavy weapons like mortars, heavy machine guns, light machine guns, grenades and they could have resisted and could have retaliated military counterattacks causing further bloodshed.
“The Peelkhana mutiny had exposed the new government to an acid test which it overcame successfully,” he said.
The speakers said the plotters design eventually was upset particularly due to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s firm decision, wisdom and patience which drew to an end to the mutiny within 36 hours though it had claimed 74 lives, 57 of them being brilliant military officers.
Fellow security expert Major Gen (retd) Abdur Rashid agreed with Shikdar saying Awami League’s election to power caused anti-liberation forces heartburn, which led them to hatch the mutiny plot.
He said the plotters made all out efforts to mislead the nation throwing into air false information constantly in those hours.
“The decision of the then Awami League government over the Peelkhana issue at that crucial time was very practical and democratic,” he said.
Sheikh Hasina’s handling of the situation with wisdom, patience and intelligence also drew global communities’ appreciation.
A senior journalist at that time, former Jatiya Ptress Club president and incumbent Awami League lawmaker Shafiqur Rahman joined the discussion as a special speaker.
former secretary Nasir Uddin Ahmed, renowned cultural personality Pijush Bandyopadhyay and veteran hockey player Faisal Ahsanullah also spoke, among others, at the function titled “publicity-propaganda on Peelkhana carnage” organized by Bangladesh Online Activist Forum (BOAF).
BOAF President Kabir Chowdhury Tonmoy chaired the function while Jagannath University Prof Dr Milton Biswas made the key-note presentation.
Shafiqur Rahman said the BDR carnage plotters used the propaganda techniques of anti-liberation forces in 1971 and Bangabandhu killers in 1975.
“Their aim was total cleansing of the pro-liberation forces and the freedom fighters,” he said.
The journalist turned politician questioned why BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia left her cantonment house in a hurry just ahead of the beginning of the mutiny on February 25, 2009.
He said investigations later revealed that Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman phoned her before the mutiny for 45 times.
He also asserted that no matter how many conspiracies the BNP-Jamaat clique hatches, they would not be successful.
Cultural personality Pijush Bandyopadhyay alleged that the motive behind the Peelkhana carnage was to erase the pro-liberation forces from this soil.
The BDR mutineers revolted on February 25, 2009, coinciding with their annual BDR Week.
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