“Justice delayed is justice denied,” said Harunur Rashid, brother of slain Col Quazi Emdadul Haque, when speaking to the Dhaka Tribune.
He said this after he and other families observed the eighth anniversary of the deaths of army personnel killed in the 2009 BDR mutiny by paying tribute to the martyrs at the army graveyard in Banani, yesterday morning.
Representatives of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also placed floral wreaths on the graves of the martyrs.
“The BDR mutiny is a disgraceful chapter in the history of Bangladesh and family members of these great souls demand prompt justice. It is unfortunate that we are still demanding justice, though it has been eight years since the mutiny,” Harun added.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the biggest challenge for the government had been to find the real culprits of the BDR mutiny.
“Most of the people who had planned and participated in this barbaric movement have been caught and tried. Based on the evidence, they have received death penalty or life sentence. We will soon execute these verdicts. Meanwhile, we are continuing the search for the other perpetrators,” said Asaduzzaman.
At 9:27am on February 25, 2009 Moin, one of mutineers, had entered the Darbar Hall and pointed a gun at the then border guard chief Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed.
What followed was a mass killing in broad daylight; a bloody mutiny by paramilitary troopers at the erstwhile BDR headquarters.
Mutineers fanned out across Pilkhana, ransacking the army officers’ houses and torturing their families.
Seventy-four people were killed in the 33-hour coup that ended with the rebels’ surrender. The cold-blooded execution of 57 army officers, including Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed, is the largest massacre of defence commanders in the country’s history.
However, investigators have yet to discover the real reason behind the mutiny.