WASHINGTON, D.C. February 27, 2009 – The Voice of America’s (VOA) Bangla Service actively covered the mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles border guards this week, providing listeners with news, information and interviews with experts on the tense situation.
On Friday, Prime Minister Sheik Hasina sent military tanks throughout Dhaka to calm the situation, one day after hundreds of guards fled their headquarters. The flight ended the bloody two-day revolt after which more than 60 bodies were found. The border guards have complained they are treated like second-class citizens within the military.
VOA, which broadcasts in Bangla 90 minutes daily, gave news updates from Dhaka on the unfolding events.
Among others, the service interviewed retired Major General Muniruzzaman, Director of the Institute of Defense and Security; retired Major General Ibrahim, a military analyst and several leaders of the border guards.
The service also covered reactions from neighboring countries, especially India. As soon as the mutiny broke out, India put its shared border with Bangladesh on high alert to keep the violence from spreading.
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