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Operation Rebel Hunt to begin from Monday; BDR Soldiers Sued for Rebellion

  • Matiur Chowdhury

As part of the ongoing drive to nab the killers of army officers the government on Sunday decided to deploy the members of the armed forces across the country to arrest the fugitive rebels of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and seize missing firearms.

A Home Ministry official on condition of anonymity said yesterday the troops would be deployed in aid of the civil administration under the 'Operation Rebel Hunt.'

"Army personnel will help the police to arrest the rebels and seize the looted arms," the official unwilling to be named told The New Nation last night. He said the army would be withdrawn as soon the situation would come under control.

The decision came hours after the meeting of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with army officers at Sena Kunja at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament she had summoned the army to begin 'Operation Rebel Hunt' to find those wanted for the 33-hour revolt in the capital, which began Wednesday.

She said some 668 members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) were in custody and warrants had been issued for another 1,000 over the killings, which ended with dozens of mutilated bodies dumped in mass graves.

Sheikh Hasina said the army would be deployed from Monday. She said she was also seeking help from FBI agents and Britain's Scotland Yard in the case.

In the meantime , over 1,000 BDR soldiers were sued on Sunday for rising up against their officers, from the army, in the Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in Dhaka in February 25–26.
Several score officers and some soldiers and civilians were killed in the rebellion, which broke out Wednesday morning and ended with the surrender of the soldiers after 35 hours late Thursday.
The Lalbagh police officer-in-charge, Nabajyoti Khisha, lodged the case against the soldiers, accused of taking up arms led by four junior BDR officials against their officers.
The plaintiff in the first information report named four junior BDR officials — deputy assistant directors Tahidul Alam, Nasir Uddin Khan, Mirza Habibur Rahman and Abdul Jalil and soldiers Abdur Rahim and Mohammad Selim to have led the rebellion.

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