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Bangladesh Rifles Revolt: An Outcome of International Conspiracy

The absence of rule of law and democracy in the case of the Mutiny Trials points to the mockery of justice that is going on within the country.

Bangladesh Rifles
From the HRW report: “The Fear Never Leaves Me"

(SALEM) - In media reports out of Bangladesh; I read the bdnews24 report, HRW report 'international conspiracy”. The report said, “The Home Ministry circular has termed a New York based human right watchdog's report 'part of an international conspiracy' after it called for abolition of the country's elite crime-busting unit, Rapid Action Battalion.”

I was wondering how the home minister could construe the facts that Human Rights Watch published in their report, “The Fear Never Leaves Me" as international conspiracy.

MP Shahara Khatun

MP Shahara Khatun, a Bangladeshi politician and the current Home Minister, is quite well known for twisting truths. In this event, when the truths in limited level are exposed... the minister came up with her false version calming the reports as international conspiracy.

An event which became known as the 2009 Bangladesh Rifles revolt was staged on 25 and 26 February 2009 in Dhaka by a section of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR). It was a result a total failure of ruling Awami League government.

I was following the whole events with my contacts inside of the country and outside of the country, I was informed that just before the mutiny was held, a high profile team of India's external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) came to Bangladesh and they have also informed me what is going to happen to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Prime Minister Seikh Hasina

It is Prime Minister Seikh Hasina's government that is involved in a conspiracy against the people of Bangladesh. R&AW officials gave assurance to the prime minister that all of these things will be brought under control and if some military officials are not controlled in a proper way, she would be killed like her father. So it is very much needed to deal the armed officials in a proper manner.

A high official of R&AW during his stay in Dhaka during the mutiny met with me, while sharing some viewpoints she told me what is going inside. She told me that R&AW have guided the prime minister directly and R&AW officials from Delhi and officers in Dhaka are directly guiding Prime Minister Hasina to deal with the crisis.

During the meeting on the second day of mutiny the R&AW official told me that the law enforcement officials from a specific area in Bangladesh are operating under the direct guidance of R&AW.

I was very curious about what I heard in that meeting. I wondered when the prime minister of of my country will make a decision based on the guidance of Delhi and take actions based on the reports of R&AW; whether the prime minister has any ability or legitimate reasons to continue with her position.

The aftermath of the mutiny was more dangerous. More international intelligence became involved and the situation got worse. But the truth which was not exposed in the media, should be exposed today.

Through my sources inside the Pilkhana, I was getting regular information regarding the inhumane torture that the BDR mutineers were facing.

A still from a video footage showing BSF
personnel brutally torturing a Bangladeshi
citizen. The grab was taken from NDTV.

One of the sources within the law enforcement community was describing the type of torture. The army officials were stripping the mutineers, tying them up and interrogating them, forcing them to speak. If anyone denied talking they use tools to push on fingernails and legs with much force, and after that, if they are not speaking out, officials apply heat to the penis. The sources with law enforcement agencies were saying, "We used to torture but we never saw this type" which they considered an inhumane method of torture.

The beatings they administer utilize electric shock; sadly this is a very common practice.

I was in touch with my friend in R&AW, she told me, "Your prime minister is a brainless idiot, who is really has no backbone; that is why we need to come and guide her, she is doing all these things to save her and her government... not to save the nation or army officials".

She told me Prime Minister Hasina has laughed when she heard that army officials were killed and she said "Allah has done her judgment, some army officials killed my father and now they are killings themselves. Let them die and I will enjoy while they die."

With the direct help of R&AW many of the BDR mutineers were illegally arrested and detained and tortured in different cantonments in the country and they were killed and many of them officially remain missing. The mutineers who are claimed to be missing were killed by army officials due to extreme torture during illegal detention. Their family members will never find out their bodies.

The absence of rule of law and democracy in the case of the Mutiny Trials points to the mockery of justice that is going on within the country. The day will come when Sheikh Hasina will be brought under the law. If that is not going to happen she will likely be killed in a more brutal manner than her father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Now time will say, which way justice will come up, by the barrels of gun, or proper peaceful restoration of rule of law and democracy in the country.

______________________________ Writer William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.

He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.



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