The streets of Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh, are full of traffic and shoppers and bear all the signs of normal life.
The streets of Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh, are full of traffic and shoppers and bear all the signs of normal life. But the problems caused by the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August remain a source of tension. The Sheikh was gunned down along with most of his family by a group of junior Army officers, apparently without the knowledge, or complicity of their superiors.
A military curfew placed on the country following the coup was lifted on Sunday (24 August) and there has been some important shuffling of top military staff as negotiations continue between the young officers responsible for the murder and their superiors.
A number of former officials in the government of Sheikh Mujib have been put under arrest, including several cabinet ministers, on charges or corruption and nepotism.
Those responsible for killing Sheikh Mujib are believed to have been critical of his close ties with India and failure to erase corruption within Bangladesh.
Negotiations are continuing between the majors responsible for the coup and senior officers and there is speculation that if the majors cannot be borough back within the military chain of command, there could be warfare between the two factions.
The majors remain ensconced in the Bangla Bhavan or Government guest palace, with the man they chose to succeed Sheikh Mujib, Khondker Mustaque Ahmed, while Brigadier Khalid Musharaf, Chief of the General Staff, is the key man in negotiations between senior officers and the majors.
SYNOPSIS: a handful of young majors remain at the place with the man they chose to replace Sheikh Mujibur Rahman...whom they killed in a coup on the fifteenth of August. While shoppers scurry about the city, delicate negotiations are going on between the majors and superior officers who apparently knew nothing about the coup and are now trying to bring the majors back into the chain of command. The majors apparently killed the Sheikh in anger over his pro-India policies and alleged corruption in his administration. Since then at least twenty-eight people, including former Government leaders, have been arrested on corruption charges.
The coup shocked and disgusted many...and one group has threatened to take vengeance on those responsible...adding to the tension that crackles beneath the surface calm of Bangladesh.