A court in Bangladesh has ruled that police may question the suspected ringleader of last week's deadly border guard uprising.
The judge Wednesday said police can detain Tauhidul Alam and four other suspects for questioning for seven days in connection to the rebellion, which killed about 70 people. Police arrested the men Tuesday in a Dhaka slum.
Authorities continue to search for 1,000 other border guards and their accomplices.A spokesman for Bangladesh's elite forces, A. K. Azad said Alam had met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during negotiations to end the siege, and promised to surrender. But the mutiny went on for another day until army troops moved into the guards' headquarters last Thursday.
Ms. Hasina told supporters late Tuesday that the attack was part of a conspiracy to destabilize Bangladesh.A U.S. State Department spokesman, Gordon Duguid said Tuesday that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has agreed to help Bangladesh in its investigation. Border guards staged a two-day mutiny in their headquarters in Dhaka last week, disgruntled over pay and other working conditions.
The Bangladesh army says 56 officers were killed along with bystanders, civilians and other regular army troops. Officials say seven army officers are still missing. Ms. Hasina has been praised for her swift reaction to the mutiny which caused chaos in the capital. Tanks rolled through the streets of Dhaka and officials quickly reestablished control of the guards' headquarters.