Bangladesh mutiny deaths probed

31May09

bangladesh-policeoriginally published: 21st May 2009

Bangladesh has ordered an inquiry into the deaths of 21 border guards who were held in custody after a mutiny in February that killed nearly 100 people.

The investigation will be led by a senior civil servant and will establish the causes of the “unnatural deaths”, officials said. The investigators have been asked to submit a report within 15 days.

The army said last month that most of those who died either committed suicide or died from heart attacks or diseases. The deaths in custody have been strongly criticised by rights groups including Human Rights Watch.

About 3,000 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) members have been detained following the two-day mutiny at the regiment’s headquarters in Dhaka.

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