A special court in Dhaka Monday sentenced to jail 182 border
guards for their involvement in the February 2009 mutiny, bringing
the total of convicted troopers to 3,036, a paramilitary spokesman
The troopers were jailed for varying terms, ranging from four
months to seven years, Mohsin Reza, spokesman for the Border Guard
Bangladesh (BGB) -- then known as the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR),
The court also fined each of the convicted soldiers 100 taka
Twenty of the accused were awarded with the highest seven-year
imprisonment term, while seven received the lowest four months, he
The court, however, acquitted five men of involvement in the
The BDR in November 2009 constituted six special courts to try
thousands of guards accused in connection with the bloody mutiny
Feb 25-26, 2009, which left 74 people dead, including 57 army
officers on deputation with the paramilitary force.
On the first day of the two-day mutiny, the chief of BDR Maj. Gen
Shakil Ahmed was shot dead by mutineers.
Of the 3,113 guards who have been tried so far, 77 have been
acquitted. Another 2,932 are awaiting trial.
They have been accused of killings, attempted murder, looting and
arson committed during the mutiny. Other offences include breach
of discipline and defying superiors' orders.
The trial had begun Aug 24.
During the mutiny, around 8,000 BDR personnel were reportedly
present at the headquarters of the paramilitary force.
There are around 67,000 BGB personnel now, who are guarding the
country's 4,427-km border with India and Myanmar.