Battalion-level flag meet today
At least two Bangladesh men were killed and two other wounded as Indian tribesmen opened gunshots on them at a Sylhet border-point, on early Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Bachchu Miah, 35, son of late Abdul Gafur of Pashchim Pangthumai village of Pashchim Jaflong under Goainghat upazila and Fayzul Islam, 33, son of Azir Uddin, of the same village, police and Border Guard Bangladesh sources said.
Local people said that the Khasia tribesmen of India opened gunshots on a group of four Bangladeshi men around 6:00am when they reached a place across international border pillar number 1268, close to Sonarhat outpost of BGB, to pluck betel nuts.
Bachchu died on the spot after being hit by pellets when the rest three were wounded, the sources said.
The officer-in-charge of Goainghat police, Delwar Hossain, confirmed New Age of the death of two Bangladeshis.
He said Bachchu died on the spot while Fayzul Islam died at Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, around 7:00pm.
Earlier, Fayzul and his younger brother, Abdus Sabur, 30, and Abdul Kaiyum, 22, were admitted to the hospital in the morning, the police officer said.
He said the dead bodies were sent to SOMCH for postmortem examinations.
The BGB 5 Battalion commandant, Lt. Colonel Golam Mahiuddin Khandaker, told New Age that he had sent a memorandum to his Indian counterpart protesting against the slaying of the two Bangladesh nationals by Indian Khasia tribesmen.
He said a flag meeting was held between the in-charges of the local outposts of BGB and Border Security Force of India at Sonarhat border, in the noon.
There, Indian authority asked their citizens not to take law in their own hands, people related to the flag meeting, said.
‘The BSF also agreed to hold a battalion-level flag meeting scheduled for Thursday (today) noon to discuss steps to stop border killings,’ the BGB official said.
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