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>BDR mutiny planned, funded: minister

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STATE Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak today said the killing of army officers during the BDR mutiny was an act of sabotage.

“It did not happen out of blue. It was a conspiracy. They were killed in a well-planned way,” Nanak told reporters at 4:15pm at the VIP gate of BDR headquarters near Jhigatala.

He also vowed that the conspirators must face exemplary punishment.

The state minister said a vested group had long been working on the conspiracy and it distributed millions of taka among the BDR soldiers.

Parliament whip Mirza Azam accompanied Nanak.

Meanwhile, Commerce Minister Mohammad Faruk Khan said there might have been “other forces” behind the BDR mutiny and a high-powered investigation committee has already been formed yesterday to dig out the actual facts.

“We are suspecting involvement of other elements behind such an unfortunate incident at BDR headquarters Wednesday,” he said adding that this forces exploited emotions of deprived soldiers.

He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the three-day 18th US Trade Show 2009 organised jointly by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh and the US Embassy at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.

Khan urged the BDR Jawans to calm down and assured them of meeting their demands in phases.

“We have to solve problems and demands of BDR jawans through dialogue. Armed mutiny would not bring solution to any problem.” he said


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