Amader Shomoy reported this two days ago, but it was strangely absent from any other newspaper in Bangladesh. As a result, we were waiting for some confirmation before reporting it.
If you heard the audio of the Shenakunjo meeting, you know that some officers behave like rowdy school children. We have also heard eye-witness reports of young officers manhandling Gen. Moeen, ripping out his insignia and epulates (not just their own, as reported above). But the absolute last straw was the recordings made during the meeting, which were then uploaded to various Internet sites, including YouTube.
We now have confirmation that Gen. Moeen, on his last day of work, signed the order that expelled some of the officers involved from the Army. President Zillur Rahman, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, approved the dismissals the next day. While the exact number is unknown, one source puts the number of officers at under 15, with ranks ranging from captain to at least one full colonel.
This is pretty significant. But what does this mean for Bangladesh?
On a short-term, Gen. Mubin inherited an Army free of known troublemakers, and the government showed some backbone here. But this was not done automatically. Throwing out an Army officer out of the Army requires due process, better known as a Court Martial. If court martials did take place, why is the government afraid to show to the nation and the world that the civilian elected government governs the Army and not the opposite? Why does this have to be done stelthily?
Lastly, what are the newspapers still afraid of? Come on, boys, grow some backbone, and report this properly.
J @ Shada Kalo [http://shadakalo.blogspot.com] writes using a pseudonym and is best known for exposing government, military, corporate foul plays through whistle-blowing investigative reports.