‘Planners behind Pilkhana carnage not identified yet’

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBNP on Monday alleged that those who were behind Pilkhana carnage have not yet been identified as the report of investigation carried out by army into the incident was not made public, reports UNB.

“No complete report of any of the investigations into the BDR carnage has so far been made public, especially the report of army’s investigation,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

He further said, “As a result, the nation could not yet know those who were behind this horrific incident and its planners and beneficiaries. These things were not unearthed.”

The BNP secretary general made the remarks while talking to reporters after placing a wreath at the monument set up at Banani Graveyard in memory of those killed in the Pilkhana carnage, marking the 10th anniversary of the atrocious carnage at Pilkhana BDR Headquarters in the capital.

Like the family members of the victims, Fakhrul said, their party also thinks there had been no fair and proper investigation into the Pilkhana massacre.

He said 25 February 2009 is a stigmatised day for the nation as the country’s independence and sovereignty came under an attack through the BDR carnage on that day.

“We believe army is the symbol of the country’s independence and sovereignty. The main motive behind the incident was to weaken and demoralise them (army),” the BNP leader said.

He demanded the government announce 25 February as a national mourning day.

Fakhrul paid homage to the martyrs of the day and prayed for the eternal peace of their departed souls. “We call upon the nation to take a vow on this day to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty.”

A BNP delegation, led by Fakhrul, came to the graveyard around 10:30am and placed the wrath at the memorial monument.

They also offered fateha there followed by offering a munajat.

BNP vice chairmen retired major general Hafizuddin Ahmed and retired air vice marshal Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, Kalyan Party chairman retired major general Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, retired army officers Ruhul Alam Chowdhury, Fazle Elahi Akbar, Kamruzzaman, Mizanur Rahman, Sarwar Hossain and Mahmudul Hasan joined the delegation.

On 25 February 2009, several hundred members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), now Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), took up arms against their superiors at Pilkhana Darbar Hall and killed 74 people, including then BDR chief major general Shakil Ahmed and 56 other army officers.

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