According to UNB thirty-nine more bodies were recovered, 37 from a mass grave inside the BDR Headquarters at Peelkhana and two from a sewerage tunnel, in continuing search today (Friday), raising the death toll to 60 in the bloody mutiny by soldiers of the paramilitary border force.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General Maj General Shakil Ahmed is among those whose bodies were pulled up from beneath the earth near the BDR hospital, official sources said.
The two others were retrieved from Ganaktuli sewerage tunnel near BDR gate No 1. “All other dead bodies are also of army officers, ranking from colonel to major,” said one official.
A police official said a joint force of the elite-force RAB and Police retrieved the bodies, as massive search went on for those still missing, and believed killed in the hara-kiri many say not seen before in the headquarters such a disciplined force. Identities of the victims could not be immediately known.
Earlier on Thursday, 16 bodies of slain BDR officials and jawans and a minor girl were recovered from the Buriganga River and from inside the BDR Headquarters. Five bodies were found shortly after the mutiny Wednesday.