Sunday, March 29, 2009

The snake in the grass — II by Ali Sukhanver

The mutiny started at around 10 a.m. and surprisingly by 12 noon Hasina Wajid sent Nanak to BDR Headquarters at Pilkhana as her emissary where the Home Minister joined with Nanak to bring a delegation of the mutineers headed by M.D. Tawheed for a negotiated settlement of the crisis, refusing permission to the armed forces to act at the very onset of the mutiny.
The delegation arrived at the PM’s residence escorted by Nanak, Sahara Khatun, IGP and DMP Commissioner like VIPs and just handed over their hand scribbled demands to Prime Minister Hasina and returned triumphantly with a general amnesty from her. Nanak, Sahara Khatun escorted back the delegation to BDR Headquarters. Within a few minutes Sahara Khatun’s car left the HQ with three covered faced co-passengers mysteriously for unknown destination. After the departure of Sahara Khatun the Home Minister Nanak also left the place in a hurry. There after the IGP was ordered to send police inside to collect the dead bodies littering all over the compound. The injured were sent to hospitals. Hasina allowed the army to take position around the compound but not to storm it. She negotiated with the mutineers for the next 36 hours, first directly, then through emissaries whom she dispatched to a sweet shop on the edge of the compound. She offered a general amnesty and promised to address the rebels’ grievances. On day two, when they refused to surrender, she threatened to send in tanks. By the time the siege ended, more than 6,000 border guards had escaped. This situation gives birth to so many suspicions. Most of the opposition parties of Bangladesh are taking this mutiny as a very well-planned drama, written and directed by the Indian intelligence agency RAW (Research and Analysis Wing). They are sure the prime minister is purely working for the Indian hegemonic designs. Abdur Razzak, a leader of the conservative Jamaat-e-Islami blamed, “This all was an army problem. The army should have solved it in their wisdom.” He saw the mutiny as a conspiracy designed to weaken the army and the state. The opposition leaders are referring to the statement made by the prime minister during her election campaign, “I would root out Islamist guerrillas, try alleged war criminals that collaborated against Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan in 1971, nurture friendly relations with neighbouring India, and stop anti-Indian insurgents from using Bangladeshi soil for attacks against New Delhi.” Even in the army, there is some hatred and distrust for the prime minister. On March 2 Hasina visited the Army Headquarters to address about 2,000 officers who came from all over the country to pay homage to the martyrs and take part in their burial ceremony. There she could feel the heat of anger and quickly left the place, cutting short her address. She was terribly nervous and scared to face the angry young officers. The message that she carried back was that she could no longer trust the armed forces neither she could earn respect from them. The present situation should be very much alarming not only for the prime minister but also for the armed forces. What would be the end of a country whose prime minister is being alleged for working as an agent of a foreign country? It is the responsibility of the Bangladesh armed forces to see through the designs of their real enemy India which wants the newly elected Awami League government to accept their demands, including transit route facilities and joint task force, etc. The fact is that India wants to plunder Bangladesh’s wealth at any cost. While Awami League of Sheikh Hasina Wajid is a pro-Indian political party, Indian spy masters want to inflict maximum damage to the armed forces of Bangladesh, creating fear in the minds of officers to understand Indian messages while guarding their national interests. It appears to be a deliberate Indian scheme to sponsor the mutiny and killing of BOR officers while cleverly insinuating against ISI of Pakistan as a cover story. Recently after the mutiny in Bangladesh, Uncle Sam has cautioned his loving son-in-law to stop supplying capital to the terrorist organisations through “Hundi” and “Hawala” money transfer system. This caution to India by the US not only certifies the role played by India in the spread of terrorism in South Asia but also shatters the so-called image of the country as harmless peace loving dove. According to the media reports the US has very clearly suggested that the Indian intelligence agencies, particularly the RAW should review their activities in South Asia.

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