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Troops Start to Roll out in Bangladesh Amidst Mixed Reactions


Troops in Bangladesh have started rolling out in the country. They have already taken key positions in the capital Dhaka and they have been posted at district headquarters. Naval forces have been deployed in Noakhali, Bhola and Bagerhat while airforce troops at Zia International Airport, and Shah Amanat and Jessore airports.

Troops in combat mood were seen either patrolling the main thoroughfares or stationed at different community centers in the capital. A large contingent was seen guarding the Bangabhaban , presidential palace where tank-like eight APC (armored piercing car) vehicles were parked. President and Chief Advisor Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed ordered deployment of the armed forces Saturday night in the wake of a chain of political protests, sieges and blockades, particularly a threat to lay a siege to Bangabhaban.

The Awami League-led 14-party com bine has waged the protracted protest to press for recasting the Election Commission by removing the "controversial and politically biased" election commissioners before going to the polls. There have mixed reactions to the troop deployment. While BNP led 4 party alliance have welcomed the troop deployment , the Awami League-led 14 party alliance have said that they did not any necessity of deploying the country’s armed forces while the nation was busy moving towards an election.

Awami League, however , said that they would like to see that the corrupt and terrorists are taken to task before the election. Business community and others have also expressed their reservations about army deployment. Several political parties have bitterly criticized the Chief Advisor of the caretaker government in Bangladesh for army deployment.

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