Schoolboy Muhammad Rasel Mia and his father Hanif Uddin were grazing their cows and cutting grass on the bank of bordering River Banidao at Phulbari in northern Kurigram on April 30 when they experienced an ambush by Indian Border Security Force inside Bangladesh territory.
Rasel, shot in the right eye and face and now taking treatment in a hospital, is likely to lose his eyesight.
‘My son was holding the cows and I was busy cutting grass. Suddenly two BSF personnel opened fire. We, along with 15 others, were dispersed,’ said Rasel’s father Hanif Uddin.
He said his son jumped into the river but could not escape as the BSF personnel crossed the border.
‘I tried to hide myself under the water. But, as soon as I dipped one the two BSF personnel shot at me from three meter distance,’ said injured Rasel in broken voice.
Later, Border Guard Bangladesh personnel reached the spot.
Ophthalmologist Shameema Nazma Mollika of Prime Medical College and Hospital in Rangpur, where he was taken, referred him to National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital in the capital as she found no hope for his right eye.
Now at NIOH, Rasel said, ‘I want justice’.
When approached, BGB’s Lalmonirhat battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Golam Morshed told New Age, ‘The boy was shot by non-lethal weapon when they were cutting grass for their cows’.
The BGB official said they held battalion-level meeting on May 3 with their counterpart in India where Indian authorities regretted their deeds.
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