DPA reports the Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami party of having accused India of being behind the killings of Bangladeshi army officers by mutineers of the Bangladesh Rifles.
According to the agency, Matiur Rahman Nizami, the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, said while addressing a meeting of his party, “The killing mission was executed from Indian intelligence headquarters through close monitoring.” He also added that India pulled a masterstroke by destroying the border guards and trying to weaken Bangladesh’s army and national security.
He claimed that Indian media ran the news of the carnage citing Indian intelligence sources before the local television stations could cover it.
The Jamaat has been speculated to have been involved in the mutiny to divert attention from the prosecution of Jamaat-e-Islami members on trial for war crimes committed in the 1971 war of independence. Last month the Pakistani special envoy to Bangladesh Mirza Zia Ispahani had had also ruffled feathers by glossing over the importance of the prosecution of war criminals. He was reported to have said, “We should not go into this right at this moment because there are so many other issues we would like to cooperate on with Bangladesh”.
These allegations come at a time when agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have arrived in Dhaka to help probe the mutiny.