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Victims’ families call for declaring Army Martyr Day

Update : 24 Feb 2016, 06:55 PM

The families of slain army officers, killed during the 2009 BDR mutiny,  have urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to declare February 25 the "Army Martyr Day" and make it a public holiday.

At a programme yesterday in Dhaka, they also demanded judicial investigation into the incident.

During the mutiny by the then Bangladesh Rifles at Peelkhana headquarters on February 25-26, the mutineers killed 57 army officers and 17 civilians.

Habibur Rahman, father of colonel Qudrat Elahi, urged the government to quickly dispose of the court verdicts over the mutiny. Col Elahi’s son Sakib Rahman demanded identifying people behind the incident.

Neherin Ferdousi, wife of colonel Mojibul Haque, said they had to face humiliating questions often about how much money the government gave them. “What we received so far was our right.”

Rights activist Sultana Kamal expressed frustration over the investigation progress. She said three investigation committees were formed but none of their reports have been made public.

“Does it mean that we cannot conduct investigations or that we we do not want to investigate?” she said adding that Bangladesh had a liability to identify and bring to book the perpetrators and solve the mystery.

A special court has sentenced 152 people to death and handed down various prison terms to 423 people in two cases filed over the mutiny.

In a media statement, the Border Guard Bangladesh said it would remember the martyrs of the mutiny through various programmes today. Representatives of the president and prime minister; the home minister, senior home secretary, chiefs of the three forces, BGB director general, among others, will pay their tributes at the Banani graveyard. 

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