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Full HC Verdict on BDR Killing Case : Responsible persons' had shown indifference before mutiny

  • Published at 12:46 pm January 8th, 2020
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Deputy Attorney General (DAG) AKM Amin Uddin Manik confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune

The High Court has warned concerned officials to be more cautious and careful in their duties in the future as the court observed some of the then responsible persons' had shown indifference before the BDR munity.

The court has found the then home minister, important politicians and commanding officers had shown negligence on their duties.

On February 25-26 in 2009, disgruntled members of the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) had killed 57 army officers who were deputed at the force and 17 civilians during the mutiny at the force’s Pilkhana headquarters.   

No necessary measures were taken in the subsequent time of munity, though concerned persons noticed a severe dissatisfaction inside BDR, later renamed as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), and the soldiers served leaflets in light of day, the court added.

The three member bench of Justice Md Shawkat Hossain, Justice Md Abu Zafor Siddique and Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder published the full text of the verdict of “BDR killing case” after they signed on it on Wednesday. The bench had earlier delivered their verdict on the case on November 27 and 28 of 2017.

The High Court in the appeal verdict confirmed the gallows for 139 out of 152 accused, who were sentenced to death by a Dhaka court, in a case filed over the killing of 74 army officers and civilians during the 2009 BDR mutiny. 

Eight of the 13 other accused were sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court. The court acquitted four. Another accused had died during the trial.

The three-member High Court bench, in an unanimous verdict, also sent a total of 185 accused to jail for life, awarded different prison terms to 196 and acquitted 49 others.

In their observation, the court also directed the government, to reconstitute the BDR security unit by including brilliant, honest, and skilled members from the border guard forces. At the same time, the court directed to take legal actions against the unit for their negligence of duties.

The court’s other directives are as follows:

Take legal action against the others government intelligence agencies – who had the responsibility to gather prior intelligence and take necessary actions accordingly – for their negligence.

Take effective initiative to appoint BGB director general and other officers from the armed forces after taking consideration of talent, skill and capability to take quick decisions. Also providing adequate training to every member of the BGB to make aware their responsibilities, duties, departmental law, and discipline.

Instruct all defence and non-defence officers to shed their colonial mentality and serve the nation with patriotism. To instill principles of Bangladesh constitution and the spirit of the liberation war to the armed forces.

Home minister and the responsible officers ought to take measures to solve the problems of BGB and others armed forces with sincerity and discretion. Find a solution before any dissatisfaction arises within the forces.

Eliminate discrimination within forces, including BGB, by providing same opportunities for all defence forces. As soon as possible, to solve the promotion, wage-bonus, ration, leave, residence problem, treatment and education of the children of BGB personnel.

If no legal bar exists, sending BGB members to UN peace missions. Treat every member of the armed forces with the same amount of respect and not treat armed forces personnel as sub-ordinates as they are also employees of the nation.

Compensate family members of the deceased that were victims of the BDR munity. To ensure job as per the qualification to the children of the deceased. To show respect to the fallen in the BDR munity by  building memorials with their names engraved at all of the BGB sector headquarter.

Build up a strong BGB and as they are the first line of defence.

Avoid the decision to involve army, navy, air force, BGB, police, RAB and others forces under the financial type programs like "Operation Dal-Bhaat." This kind of program creates division among the forces.

Restore morality at all stages of society, making ethics mandatory from primary to higher level education.

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