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AS the bloody mutiny at BDR headquarters in the capital played itself out to an end yesterday, paramilitaries in some districts took position on the highways and roads, leaving a long stretch of border unprotected. (Full report)

They came out of their camps and outposts to resist a possible military onslaught in reprisal for bloodshed at Dhaka Pilkhana, reported our correspondents from Chittagong, Rangpur, Chapainawabganj, Satkhira and Jessore.

Since morning, the mutineers fired hundreds of shots into the air, causing panic among locals. However, things began to change for the better shortly after the prime minister’s address to the nation. And by late afternoon, rebel jawans got back to barracks in a great relief to the civilians.

At least three troops sustained gunshot wounds by accident during shootings. They are Kabir, 42, of BDR Training Centre at Satkania in Chittagong, Lance Nayek Abdus Shahid of Rangpur BDR HQ and sepoy Najrul Islam of 39 Rifles Battalion in Chapainawabganj.

Photo: 3 BDR jawans took shelter in a house adjacent to Sylhet BDR HQ on Thusrday to prevent any ‘army assault’

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