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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Former BNP lawmaker arrested in connection with the border guard mutiny

M.A. Qader- Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dhaka, 03 June (Asiantribune.com): The Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Tuesday arrested former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu in connection with the border guard BDR mutiny case.

Pintu was detained by the police as he emerged from the High Court after seeking a 'no arrest or harassment' order in the case.

However, the main opposition BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain in a statement yesterday while condemning the arrest, alleged that the act of the government as part of their plan to eliminate the opposition and they have arrested their party leader.

The statement said to save the main plotters the government is deliberately trying to implicit him diverting attention from the main plotters.

The DMP Commissioner AKM Shahidul Haq said Pintu was arrested by Detective Branch police on charges of abetting the mutineers in fleeing the scene during February 25-26 BDR mutiny.

"He will be handed over to Criminal Investigation Department as CID is investigating the case," said Haq.

Pintu had submitted a petition to the court after his name appeared in the national enquiry committee's report on the Feb 25-26 BDR mutiny.

The probe report stated: "Some helpful civilians aided the BDR men to flee ... Former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu helped them flee by arranging engine-run boats to cross the river."

After the government made the report public at the end of May, Pintu, fearing he would be taken into custody in connection with the case, petitioned the High Court for a 'no arrest or harassment' order.

The BNP leader appeared before the bench of justices Tarikul Hakim and Azizul Haq at 3pm on Tuesday for a hearing on the petition. However, the bench gave no ruling on the plea.

At the bloody February 25-26 BDR mutiny, a total of 57 army officers were brutally killed by the mutineers BDR Jawans.

-Asian Tribune-

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