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Scotland Yard join Bangladesh mutiny probe

Scotland Yard join Bangladesh mutiny probe

A four-member team from Britain's Scotland Yard arrived Wednesday in the Bangladeshi capital to help police investigating a bloody mutiny that killed more than 70 people, mostly army officers, two weeks ago.
The team from the London Metropolitan Police, which is better known by the location of its headquarters, is expected to advise Bangladeshi investigators on ways to deal with "complex investigations," a British High Commission statement said Wednesday.
"Scotland Yard is at the cutting edge of criminal investigation. I am glad that we can offer Bangladesh this assistance at this time," Stephen Evans, the British High Commissioner in Dhaka, said in the statement.
Two FBI agents arrived Sunday to assist with the investigation, which is being carried out by three separate police, military and government bodies.
The government appointed Commerce Minister Faruq Khan to coordinate all the investigations into the Feb. 25-26 revolt at the Dhaka headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles, a paramilitary border patrol force commanded by army officers.
Police filed criminal charges _ including murder, arson and looting _ against more than 1,000 border guards, and have arrested at least 36 suspected of leading the insurrection.
Forensic tests, meanwhile, identified Tuesday two more bodies recovered earlier as those of two officers reported missing, bringing the military death toll to 58. Sixteen others, including two army wives and five civilian bystanders, were among the dead. Three other officers remain unaccounted for.
The mutiny, which was reportedly started by a dispute over pay and service conditions, shook the two-month-old government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and created tensions with the influential military, which opposed her handling of the incident.
The mutiny ended through negotiations, with offers of amnesty and a show of military force. But when dozens of bodies _ including those of 56 commanding officers _ were discovered dumped into shallow mass graves or sewers on the sprawling compound, the government rescinded the amnesty for those behind the mutiny.


Updated : 2021-04-11 22:04 GMT+08:00