Dhaka, Feb 25: President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday paid their respects at the graves of the army officers killed in a mutiny at the erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles headquarters at Dhaka’s Peelkhana seven years ago.
Other dignitaries and families of the victims followed them in paying tribute.
On behalf of Hamid, his Military Secretary Maj Gen Abul Hossain placed wreath on the graves at Banani Graveyard on Thursday morning, while Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Maj Gen Miah Md Joynul Abedin paid tribute on her behalf.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, Co-Chairman GM Quader and Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader also paid homage.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) was re-christened and reorganised as Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) after the bloody mutiny on February 25-26 in 2009.
Seventy-four people including 57 army officers were brutally killed in the two days.
A special court, which sentenced 152 Jawans and non-commissioned officers to death for the massacre, had observed that the mutiny was orchestrated with the ‘motive to destroy the military security system’.
It said there were possibly ‘economic, political and diplomatic motives’ behind the mutiny, which took place a month after a new government took office, and had sent shock waves across the country and the world.