Bangladesh's government has granted amnesty to border guards who staged an armed mutiny Wednesday that left at least five people dead and more than 25 others wounded.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina agreed to pardon the guards, known as The Bangladesh Rifles, in exchange for their peaceful return to their barracks in the capital, Dhaka.
One of the rebel representatives said they will surrender their weapons Thursday because the prime minister has agreed to look into their demands. They include better pay and the removal of army officers from command of the Bangladesh Rifles, known as the BDR.
A government spokesman told VOA that in exchange for a promise to end the mutiny, the rebels will not be charged and their grievances will be addressed.
The agreement was reached after 14 rebels went to the prime minister's official residence for negotiations while gunshots could still be heard.Bangladesh border guards' main job is to guard the country's borders but are also a back up for the army and police.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Hasina visited their headquarters and urged troops to remain disciplined and vigilant in guarding the nation's borders.