Highest punishment sought for BDR carnage criminalsNew Age Online
Arguing that BDR carnage was a part of a planned conspiracy, chief prosecutor Anisul Huq Sunday prayed before the trying court to award the highest punishment to the criminals.
He said the conspiracy had been being chalked out long time ago before the killing of 74 people during mutiny in BDR (Bangladeshi Rifles) headquarters, now renamed as Border Guard Bangladesh, on February 25-26, 2009.
On completion of arguments by the prosecution, the defence team started making their points and sought enough time to complete their arguments.
While beginning their initial arguments, the defence team, however, said there were a lot of ambiguities in the case that were being tried for long time.
One of the defence counsels, Faruk Ahmed, said he found at least seven accused against whom there were no witness and evidences.
‘Then, how should all the accused be treated equally,’ Faruk argued.
He also questioned about lodging the case on February 28 even after the then home minister, Sahara Khatun, had asked the then Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Naem Ahmed, to file case immediately.
The additional metropolitan sessions judge-3, Md Akhteruzzaman, setting a makeshift court on Chawkbazar in the capital, recorded the proceedings and adjourned it till Wednesday.
In the short appeal, the chief prosecutor, Anisul Huq, told the court the accused had turned 224 acres of Peelkhana headquarters to a war-ravaged area during the mutiny, which eventually spread to all BDR installations across the country.
The two-day mutiny broke out at the paramilitary’s headquarters in Dhaka on February 25, 2009, killing 75 people including 57 army officers deputed to the border force.
A total of 846, mostly BDR personnel and soldiers currently were facing trial against over two dozen criminal charges.
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