Ring leader of BDR revolt arrested; troops launch manhunt
A senior officer of Bangladesh paramilitary force, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), who is suspected to have led the bloody rebellion, was on Monday arrested while attempting to flee the country as the army launched a massive hunt for about 1,000 fugitives facing murder charges.
Deputy Assistant Director of the BDR Touhidul Alam who led a rebel delegation in talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has been taken into custody while attempting to flee the country, said Nabo Jyoti Khisha, the chief of Lalbagh police station where a case has been filed.
“The massacre took place under his (Alam’s) leadership. The rebels had accepted him as their leader,” Khisha said.
Police claimed that they have gathered “enough evidence” against Alam and other conspirators of the two-day mutiny during which 73 army officers were killed while 72 are still missing.