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Revolting Bangladeshi border guards go back

HUNDREDS of Bangladeshi border guards started reporting back to their headquarters yesterday, two days after a bloody mutiny left at least 77 people dead and 71 others missing. The government said it will form a special tribunal to try those responsible.

The Home Ministry gave guards across the country a 24-hour ultimatum on Saturday to return to their posts or a police station - or face disciplinary action.

The insurrection, in which mostly army officers were killed, apparently erupted over the guards' long-standing complaints that their pay has not kept pace with the salaries of those in the army.

Firefighters were still searching shallow graves and sewers yesterday at the guards' headquarters in the capital Dhaka where the bodies of senior officers were hurriedly dumped by the mutineers. Workers also scoured nearby areas in an intense search for more victims.

A few hundred guards, some out of uniform and accompanied by family members, waited outside the headquarters as officials checked their credentials.

Some of the returning guards said they were on leave or off duty during the two-day mutiny while others claimed they fled the compound after the violence started.


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