Tuesday, December 20, 2011

BGB to be divided into 4 zones

Dhaka, Dec 20 
Urging the border guards to leave the 'regretful' past behind in an effort to strengthen the BGB, home minister Shahara Khatun has said the paramilitary force is going to be divided into four zones.

"The killing of 74 people, including 57 army officials, on February 25-26, 2009 was sorrowful… pathetic. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina's intelligence saved the day," she said at a reception to honour freedom fighters from the then East Pakistan Rifles (EPR) on Tuesday.

EPR was renamed Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) after liberation in 1971. The paramilitary force was further christened Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Dec 20 last year.

On Dec 8, parliament passed the Border Guard Bangladesh Bill-2010 with the provision of death penalty for offences such as rebellion, killing and arson within the paramilitary force.

The law repealed the existing one in a bid to restructure BDR in the wake of the killings of army officers at the Peelkhana headquarters in February 2009. 

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