A special court read out charges on Sunday against 40 border guards out of 668 of the 24 Rifle Battalion accused of taking part in a bloody mutiny in 2009.

Meanwhile, the court, set up at the Pilkhana Headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles in the capital, adjourned the hearing on the charge framing till 10:00am on Monday.

The Special Court-5 of the six courts constituted after the mutiny staged on February 25-26 at the headquarters and later spread to its different offices across the country started the hearing at about 11:00am. At least 74 people including 57 army officials were killed in the bloodbath.

Newly appointed Director General of the BDR Maj Gen Md Rafiqul Islam led the three-strong panel. The other members of the court are BDR officials Lt Col AKM Golam Robbani and Maj Sayed Hasan.

A total of 667 out of 668 accused were produced before the court as one of the accused — Nayek Joynal Abedin — died of heart attack recently.

On April 1, the special court fixed Sunday for the hearing against 668 BDR personnel.

Source: The Daily Star – 20.06.2010

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