BNP leader Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman has said their party, if returns to power, will take steps to observe February 25 as ‘Army Martyrs Day’, commemorating the army officers killed in the Pilkhana BDR carnage in 2009.
“This day is a tragedy for the nation. BNP, if voted to power, will take measures to officially observe February 25 as Army Martyrs Day,” he said on Sunday.
Mahbub, a former chief of army staff, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the monument set up at Banani Graveyard in memory of those killed in the Pilkhana carnage.
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A member of the BNP highest policymaking body, National Standing Committee, Mahbub also said the bloody incident at the then BDR headquarters at Pilkhana took place as part of a local and international conspiracy. “The complete trial of the carnage is yet to be held. The trial of the case filed under the Explosive Substances Act is still pending with court.”
On behalf of BNP Chairman Khaleda Zia and acting Chairman Tarique Rahman, a BNP delegation, led by Mahbub, paid homage to the victims of the bloody mutiny around 10:30am by placing the wreaths.
They also stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the slain army officers and their memories.
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BNP vice chairmen Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed and Air Vice Marshal (retd) Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Kalyan Party Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, retired army officers Ruhul Alam Chowdhury, Fazle Elahi Akbar, Mizanur Rahman, Monish Dewan and Sarwar Hossain, and Muktijoddha Dal President Ishtiaq Aziz Ulfat joined the delegation.
On February 25, 2009, several hundred members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), now Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), took up arms against their superiors at Pilkhana Darbar Hall and killed 74 people, including then BDR chief Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed and 56 other army officers.
On Sunday, the nation with a heavy heart observed the 9th anniversary of the atrocious carnage.