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Hello Washington: Bangladesh Rifles Mutiny


Bangladesh Border guards known as Bangladesh Rifles or BDR 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.

Prime Minister Sheikh 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.

A court in Bangladesh remanded Tauhidul Alam and four other suspects for questioning for seven days in connection to the rebellion, which killed about 70 people.

Our topic for today’s Hello Washington is: Bangladesh Rifles Mutiny.

Our guests were Major General (Retd) ANM Moniruzzaman, General (Retd) Ibrahim, and Dr. Iftekharuzzaman.

Major General (Retd) ANM Moniruzzaman is the President of Bangladesh Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

Bir Pratik General (Retd) Ibrahim was a Freedom Fighter of 1971 Bangladesh freedom war.

Dr. Iftekharuzzaman is the Executive Director of Transparency International, Bangladesh.

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