The Indian Border Security Force shot dead two Bangladeshi men within the territory of Bangladesh along Lalmonirhat border on Wednesday a day after the same force killed another Bangladeshi man along Panchagarah border.
The deceased are Suruj Islam, 18, son of Usman Ali and Suruj Mia, 38, son of Sahjahan Ali. They are residents of village Amjhol along the border at Hatibandha in Lalmonirhat.
The Indian border force opened fire on them at their village Amjhol early morning, killing 38-year- old Suruj on the spot and injuring 18-year-old Suruj critically, said Gutamari union parishad chairman Abul Kashem Mia.
The injured was taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where the doctor declared him dead, he said.
Hatibandha police officer-in-charge Omar Faruq said that they sent both the older Suruj’s body and the younger Suruj’s body to Lalmonihat General Hospital for postmortem examination.
The Indian border patrol team of Setai camp in Cooch Behar of India’s West Bengal opened fire on the victim and 6 others when they allegedly entered their village in Bangladesh with Indian cattle, said Tapas Chandra, commander of Banchauki Camp of Border Guard Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh border force had sent a letter to the Indian border force protesting against the latter’s killing of the two Bangladeshis men, said Lieutenant Colonel Tauhidul Alam, commanding officer of 15 border guard battalion in Lalmonirhat.
On Tuesday, the Indian border force shot dead 25-year-old Hasan Ali of Khalpara in Panchagarh at such a time when the two country’s border forces were having a battalion-level meeting on Chapainawabganj frontier to solve all border issues.
At least seven Bangladeshi nationals were killed reportedly by the Indian border force in the first 22 day of January this year so far.
The Indian border force killed 455 Bangladeshi citizens between 2009 and 2019, and among the deceased, the force killed 41 in 2019 alone, according to rights organisation Odhikar.
The same force also abducted at least 518 Bangladeshis and inflicted 657 others with injuries in the past decade.
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