Bdesh mutiny toll rises to 66

Written by Press Trust of India | Dhaka | Updated: Feb 28 2009, 06:13am hrs
The full horror of the mutiny by Bangladeshs paramilitary force, BDR, was revealed on Friday when security forces discovered a mass grave of at least 38 massacred army officers including its chief Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed who is among the 66 dead.

The death toll in the two-day revolt by the border guards, which erupted over pay rise on Wednesday, is likely to go up as more than 130 army officers remain missing.

Among the dead was BDR director general Ahmed whose bullet-ridden body has been retrieved, according to fire brigade director Sheikh Mohammad Shahjalal.

His body was found this evening buried along with many others in the mass grave at the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana area here.

It had been shot several times and was badly decomposed. Colleagues identified him, Shahjalal said. The fate of his wife and teenage son is not known.

Aided by sniffer dogs, security forces came across the mass grave at the BDR headquarters and unearthed the 38 bodies of army officers hurriedly piled up with mud, taking the toll so far to 66. We are digging out dozen of decomposing bodies dumped into mass graves. We are still taking the bodies out, so I cant give you an exact number, Brigadier Abu Naim Shahidullah told NTV.