Dhaka – BNP on Saturday demanded that the report of the investigation carried out by army into the brutal killing of 57 army officers in Pilkhana carnage be made public.
“A fair probe is yet to be conducted into the dreadful killings of army officers at Pilkhana. An army team, headed by then Lt Gen Jahangir Alam, had investigated the incident, but its report is yet to be published,” said senior BNP leader Hafizuddin Ahmed.
“Form this meeting, we demand that the report of the army probe team be made public,” he added.
Hafiz, a BNP vice chairman, came up with the demand at a discussion arranged by the party at Dhaka Reporters’ Unit’s Sagar-Runi auditorium in memory of the army officers killed by a section of disgruntled members of BDR at the Pilkhana headquarters in 2009.
He alleged the BDR carnage was staged as part of a local and international plot to demoralise the army members.
The BNP leader termed the trial of the Pilkhana incident a farce and claimed that the real offenders and conspirators remain at large.
On February 25, 2009, several hundred BDR, now BGB, members took up arms against their superiors at the Pilkhana Darbar Hall and killed 74 people, including 57 army officials and then BDR chief Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed.
Hafiz urged the government to properly probe the incident to unearth the mystery behind it.
Another BNP vice chairman, Shah Moazzem, alleged that the agents of government had killed the most talented army officers in the name of BDR mutiny.
He said Sheikh Hasina as the Prime Minister of the country cannot avoid her responsibility for the BDR mutiny and the killings of army officers.
Moazzem said steps will be taken to observe February 25 the same way the February 21 is observed if BNP returns to power. – UNB