The Daily Star, March 5, 2009
Twenty-three eminent citizens have expressed deep shock and grief over the death of army and BDR personnel and civilians brutally killed during the mutiny at BDR headquarters in Pilkhana on February 25-26.
In a joint statement, they said it is a loss for the entire country not only to the distraught families and to BDR and army.
“We wish the families could heal the pain soon though it is not possible to recover such intense loss for the families,” the statement reads, urging all to be alert so that the blow cannot mislead the process of democracy.
They said the decision to declare amnesty was correct as it helped to calm the tense situation and prevented further bloodshed. It also helped to bring the situation to a quick resolution.
The statement further said that the firm and cautious speech by the prime minister played a successful role in reducing the tension and helped surrendering the arms of the mutineers.
Confusion was created over the death figures and such an enormous error increased tension, they said.
They said proceedings of the enquiry committee headed by Anisuzzaman Khan should be transparent and be made public. They also expressed the hope that the committee will look all aspects of the issue.
The citizens think the blame-game of the political parties is not healthy for investigation and urged the political parties to refrain from delivering such speeches until completion of the investigation.
Now it has become essential to be focused on unveiling the truth and ensure justice through impartial investigation, they said.
The signatories to the statement are Shirin Haque, Kamal Lohani, Rehnuma Ahmed, Prof Anu Mohammad, Dr Shahdin Malik, Khushi Kabir, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Prof Ferdous Azim, Prof Parveen Hasan, Dr Lamia Karim, Dr Shahidul Alam, Zakir Hossain, Mohiuddin Ahmed, Nasim Ahmed, Rawshan Ara, Dr Rebeka Milton, Mahin Sultan, Rina Roy, Kamrun Nahar, Golam Mostofa, Farida Yasmin and Samia Afrin.