BSF kills another Bangladeshi amid border talks

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:19, Dec 23,2020 | Updated: 00:19, Dec 24,2020


A BangladeshI national was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force along Gobrakura border in Haluaghat of Mymensingh on Tuesday night hours after the Border Guard Bangladesh in Guwahati of Indian state of Assam had urged their Indian counterpart to bring the number down to zero.

The 40-year-old Bangladeshi, Khairul Islam, died at the Mymenshingh Medical College Hospital after he was taken from bordering area in Gobrakura at about 8:30pm.

He had been shot in the abdomen and died due to excessive bleeding, raising the number of deaths of Bangladeshi nationals in the BSF shooting along the international border to 46 this year.

Both the BGB and police investigators claimed that they were still investigating how and where the incident took place and what led to the firing incident.

Haluaghat upazila nirbahi officer Razaul Karim, however, said that the Bangladeshi was injured in the BSF shooting at about 8:30pm and he was declared dead at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital later in the night.

He said that the man was a cattle trader in the bordering village and he was taken to the hospital by his fellows.

New Age correspondent in Mymensingh reported that BGB Gobrakura camp commander Nayek Subedar Md Umar Faruk on Wednesday morning said that a soldier of Gachhuapara BSF-55 patrol team shot at Khairul near the border pillar number 1,124.

BGB-35 commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Tauhid Mahmud said that an investigation is on to determine the circumstances under which the killing took place.

‘We are in touch with the BSF,’ he added.

BGB officials vented their discontentment over the incident as it took place amid the director general-level talks between the BGB and the BSF of India which began on Tuesday in Guwahati of Assam.

The 51st edition of the biannual talks will continue till Saturday, December 26, 2020.

The BGB stated that the number of deaths was 35 in 2019 while 45 Bangladeshis were killed by the BSF between January 1 and December 25.

While the number of Bangladeshis killed till December 16 stood at 45, at least nine of them were killed after newly appointed BSF director general Rakesh Asthana on September 19 had made a fresh promise to bring the number down to zero.

Bangladesh shares a 4,156-kilometre-long border with five Indian states.

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