Source : BLiTZ
February 25 is just a week ahead! On this day in 2009, just a month after Bangladesh Awami League formed government, anti-army revolt broke out inside the Head Quarters of Bangladesh Riffles [now Bangladesh Border Guards]. At least 73 army officers were brutally murdered during this mutiny, while a large number of family members of the army officers were humiliated, assaulted and violated by the renegades. Right after the incident, a number of officers expressed their anger in presence of the Prime Minister at the Sena Kunja meeting. They demanded neutral and prompt investigation as well punishment of the culprits.
Government did not allow the members of armed forces and other law enforcing agencies to storm into the Bangladesh Riffles headquarters to rescue the army officers and their family members who were made hostage inside the headquarters of the border security guard by the ‘renegade‘ troops. Instead of allowing army crackdown, the government opted for ‘political settlement’ of the situation and sent two of the junior leaders of the ruling party to negotiate with the mutineers. In the name of political negotiation, these junior leaders and later many other figures in the government spent almost 32 hours, thus giving opportunity to the mutineers in killing almost all the army officers who were held hostage inside the headquarters of the border security force and violated large number of female members of their families who were also held inside the BDR headquarters.
Right after the bloody massacre at Bangladesh Riffles headquarters in Dhaka, a number of responsible ministers and leaders of the present government started making wild comments on anticipation terming Islamists as well as other elements liable for this tragic incident. But, champion of all in making statements were none but the one and only FARUK KHAN, the grand gala flop minister in the present government in Bangladesh. It is even rumoured that, Faruk manages to continue as the minister despite series of failures because of his extra ordinary connection with someone in Florida. Whatever the fact may be, Faruk Khan made series of comments on the Pilkhana Massacre as well as probe report. It was even reported in the press that he was chosen as the top man to coordinate the 3 probe committees.
Many believe that the Pilkhana Massacre was pre set by anti-Bangladesh elements with a blue print of damaging Bangladesh’s border security forces, with the aim of turning Bangladesh ultimately into a sub-servient like some small nations in the region.Though two years have almost passed since the bloody revolt inside the headquarters of Bangladesh Border Guards, there is no move from the government yet in according homes for the family members of the martyred officers. While the ministers, MPs and political touts of the current government are busy in getting a piece of land for themselves in Dhaka, it is very unfortunate that none of them are even caring to bring the issue of providing houses to the members of martyred army officers. There is also no sign of erecting a monument in the memory of those brave children of Bangladesh, who sacrificed their lives inside the BDR headquarters during February 25-26.
It was also reported in the media that, former army chief, General Moeen U Ahmed was reluctant in moving army towards the spot of massacre, by unnecessarily killing time. If this is a fact, surely, General [Retired] Moeen should be immediately brought under Court Martial. Not only Moeen, but anyone, be it a military man or a politician or a mighty members of any ‘Untouchable Family’ in Bangladesh, none should be spared, who might have minimum hands behind the tragic massacre, and subsequent brutal murder of the army officers.
General Moeen U Ahmed is not only accused of indirectly abetting the murder of army officers and humiliation of their family members inside Pilkhana during February 25-26, 2009, he [Moeen] is also accused of violating the Army Code by giving anti-democracy statements during the period of military controlled interim regime. He also is accused of cashing millions of dollars through a business enterprise owned by his elder brother, taking the advantage of extra-ordinary situation created during the military controlled interim government’s tenure.
Just in two years, a tiny company owned by the elder brother of General Moeen, turned into a huge business conglomerate, simply by abusing influence of the military controlled regime.
It is believed that, squeezing General Moeen U Ahmed will not only unearth mystery behind the Pilkhana Massacre, but will also unmask series of untold stories of how this over-ambitious man tried to virtually kill the democratic institutions in Bangladesh as well as malign the image of the politicians and civil society members.General Moeen unlawfully arrested and imprisoned the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia along with dozens of politicians and business elites for months. It is even learnt that, huge amount of ransom was forcefully collected from captured businessmen and entrepreneurs during the military controlled interim rule.
On the coming February 25-26, we not only need to remember those martyred army officers, we also need to press the demand for neutral investigation into this notoriety and we want to see culprits like General Moeen punished for such brutality.
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