Border Killing 

Family gets victim’s body after day-long protests at BGB post

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:51, Mar 23,2021


Indian Border Security Force handed over to Bangladesh authorities the body of a Bangladeshi youth on Monday, around 62 hours after he had been shot dead by the BSF near the international border of Juri upazila in Moulvibazar.

The family of the youth, Abdul Munim Bappa, 32, received his body at about 5:00pm from the Border Guard Bangladesh in presence of its 52 Battalion commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Md Shah Alam Siddiqui and other officials and local representatives, said Juri police station officer-in-charge Sanjoy Chakrabarty.

Bappa was gun down at about 3:00am on Saturday near the bordering area of Purba Batuli under Fultala union.

As his body had not been handed over by Sunday, several dozens of villagers gathered near the border out post at Fultala and staged demonstrations on the day.

Bappa’s father Abdur Rouf Monday morning alleged that the BGB had not been cooperating with him to bring back the body.

Asked about allegation of non-cooperation from the border force, BGB spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Fayzur Rahman said, ‘We have no control over what the family of Bappa or public say.’

BGB commander Shah Alam Siddiqui brought back the body from the Indian side, said Fultala union council member Imtiaz Gafur Maruf.

Bappa had become father of a baby girl 17 days ago while he had a two-year-old boy.

The latest killing by the BSF took place just a week before the scheduled visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in Bangladesh in March 26-27 to join a 10-day celebration marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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

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