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BGB to observe Martyrs’ Day on Tuesday

  • Published at 12:15 am February 25th, 2020
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Marking the day, BGB will organize Quran Khwani, doa and milad mahfil at all regions, sectors, institutions and units including the Pilkhana headquarters

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will observe the Martyrs’ Day on Tuesday with due solemnity, commemorating the army officers killed in the Pilkhana BDR carnage in 2009.

Marking the day, BGB will organize Quran Khwani, doa and milad mahfil at all regions, sectors, institutions and units including the Pilkhana headquarters, said a BGB press issued on Monday.

The representatives of the president and prime minister, the home minister, chiefs of three armed forces, public security secretary of the home ministry and BGB director general will place floral wreaths at the Banani military graveyard around 9am tomorrow, reports BSS.

All BGB members will wear black-badge and the BGB flag will be hoisted half-mast.

A special prayer and milad mahfil will be held tomorrow at the Pilkhana central mosque around 4:25pm seeking salvation of the departed souls of the Pilkhana tragedy martyrs.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will be present at the milad mahfil as the chief guest. Home affairs ministry senior secretary, BGB director general, relatives of the martyrs and all officers of the BGB headquarters will also attend the program.

On February 25, 2009, several hundred Bangladesh Rifles (now BGB) men rose up in armed revolt at Darbar Hall during the three-day 'BDR Week' inside the Pilkhana headquarters and killed 74 people, including 57 deputed army officers.

The mutiny finally ended the following day with the surrender of the firearms, ammunition and grenades through negotiation between the government and the BDR rebels.

Following the mutiny, the paramilitary force was renamed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

A total of 58 cases were filed-one for serious crimes, including murder and looting, and the rest for mutiny, in connection with the incident.

On November 27, 2017, the High Court announced the verdict in the country's largest-ever killing case, sentencing 152 people to death and 423 others to different jail terms and acquitting 277.

The court, however, is yet to release the full text of the verdict.

Among the convicts, 262 mutineers were sentenced to different jail terms starting from three months to 19 years and 161 people, including late BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and local Awami League leader Torab Ali, were sentenced to life imprisonment.

On the other hand, a total of 5,926 BDR personnel were sentenced to different jail terms ranging from four months to seven years in the 57 mutiny cases.