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Bangladeshi young man shot to death ‘by BSF’ in Kurigram

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:20, Nov 21,2020 | Updated: 00:05, Nov 22,2020

 
 

A Bangladeshi youth was reportedly shot dead by Indian Border Security Force along the border of Kathiamari area at Roumari upazila in Kurigram on early Saturday.

The victim is Hasinur Rahman, also known as Fakir Chand, 28, said police.

Roumari Police Station officer-in-charge Muntasir Billah said that the family members told them that Hasinur went out of his house at about 11:00pm on Friday to catch fish in the bordering river Jinjiram and they heard gunshots at about 2:00am on Saturday.

He said Hasinur was rushed to upazila health complex where he was declared dead.

Muntasir Billah said that they filed a case and sent the body to district sadar hospital for postmortem examination.

He said that two bullets hit him in the chest and one in the right hand.

Lieutenant Colonel SM Azad, the commanding officer of Border Guard Battalion 35, said on Saturday evening that they were in the process of sending a protest note to BSF.

He said that the BSF claimed that Hasinur was shot when BSF personnel opened fire on a group of suspected cattle smugglers. 

At least 35 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF in first eight months of this year, according to Ain o Salish Kendra, an NGO.

At least 1,185 Bangladeshis were killed along the border by BSF between 2000 and 2019, according to the data shared by Odhikar.

On September 19 in a joint press conference following the 50th border conference concluded in Dhaka, the newly-appointed Indian Border Security Force director general, Rakesh Asthana, made a fresh promise to bring the number of border killings to zero.

On October 8, new Indian high commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami also told reporters in Dhaka that enhancing economic partnership between Bangladesh and India and

bringing down border killing to zero would be in his priorities, among some other issues.

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