Haroon Habib

DHAKA: Bangladesh declared a three-day national mourning on Friday to honour the officers killed in the mutiny by Bangladesh Rifles jawans.

The Army and police entered the BDR headquarters — the scene of the two-day mutiny — and recovered 42 more bodies, putting the total number bodies recovered at 63. They expect more bodies to be found at the Pilkhana headquarters of BDR as those killed are believed to have been buried in mass graves or thrown in underground sewerage canals.

The Prime Minister’s Office clarified on Friday that the general amnesty that was offered to the mutineers would not be applicable for those BDR personnel who were directly involved in the killing and other crimes. It has been reported that about 100 BDR men who tried to flee the headquarters in disguise have been arrested.

The bodies recovered on Friday include that of BDR Director-General Major-General Sakil Ahmed. Major-General Shakil Ahmed died in a hail of bullets 10 minutes after the shooting began at the Pilkhana Darbar Hall on Wednesday morning, according to Lieutenant Colonel Syed Kamruzzaman, who survived the ordeal.