PEELKHANA CASEFraming of charges begins against 430

A civilian court dealing with serious crimes during the mutiny has begun framing charges against the accused. Updates
Published : 20 July 2011, 03:44 AM
Updated : 20 July 2011, 03:44 AM
Dhaka, July 20 ( — Charges have been framed against 430 of the 847 accused in the case filed over murder and arson-like crimes during a border guards mutiny at their Peelkhana headquarters in 2009.
BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu, Awami League leader Torab Ali and then Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) deputy assistant director Touhid Hossain were among those against whom the charges were framed by a civilian court on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the makeshift Dhaka judge court, set up in the playground adjoining Dhaka's Alia Madrasa and Dhaka Central Jail in Bakshi Bazar, rejected appeals to exempt the 847 accused.
The court is handling serious crimes such as killing and arson during the mutiny that began in Dhaka and quickly spread across the country.
Several courts of the border force are handling mutiny charges only.
At least 74 people, including 57 army officers, were killed in 2009 in the Peelkhana headquarters of the BDR, now Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), during an annual gathering. Then BDR chief and his wife were among the victims.