Death row convict in BDR mutiny case dies at DMCH

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A death row convict in the BDR mutiny case died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital early Saturday, reports UNB.

The deceased was identified as Abdul Baten, 70, son of Idris Mia.

In-charge of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital police camp inspector Bachhu Mia said that Baten fell sick around 1:30am at Dhaka Central Jail and was taken to the hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

He was sentenced to death in connection to the mutiny at the now defunct BDR.

On 25 February, 2009, several hundred Bangladesh Rifles (now BGB) men staged an armed revolt at the Darbar Hall of the force's Pilkhana headquarters during the three-day ‘BDR Week’. They killed 74 people, including 57 army officers.

The mutiny ended the following day (26 February) with the surrender of firearms, ammunition and grenades through a negotiation between the then government and the BDR rebels.

A total of 58 cases including one for murder and looting and the rest for mutiny were filed in connection with the incident.

Some 152 people were sentenced to death and 423 others to different jail terms in the killing case. Besides, 277 accused were acquitted from the country’s largest-ever killing case.