Bangladesh mutineers agree to surrender arms
After holding talks with rebel Paramilitary forces, a senior Bangladeshi minister has said that the mutineers Bangladesh Rifles forces would lay down their arms by afternoon local time. Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury told this morning to reporters that they have agreed to surrender their arms by 2:00pm today if army officials are withdrawn from all the BDR posts across the country.
The rebel BDR jawans told a government delegation led by Matia that they are ready to surrender their arms by 2:00pm today if army officials are withdrawn from all the BDR posts across the country, UNB adds.
The government delegation arrived at the BDR gate no-4 at Pilkhana at about 8:35am today for further negotiations with the mutineers.
Later, they sat with a 10-member delegation of rebel BDR jawans at Ambala Inn and completed the meeting successfully at about 11:30am.
The government delegation also included State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam, State Minister for LGRD Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh MP and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad.
During the meeting, the rebel jawans reportedly accepted the leadership of BDR deputy assistant director Touhidul Islam.
Prime minister convenes emergency meeting.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has convened an emergency meeting of senior ministers and Awami League (AL) presidium members at her official residence Jamuna this (Thursday) morning to discuss the BDR mutiny.
Many of the ministers and the presidium members have already arrived at Jamuna to attend the meeting over the daylong bloodshed at the Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters in the capital
Prime Minister to address the nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the nation today over the BDR incidents.
A team of BTV have already arrived at the premier's official residence Jamuna, officials said.