BSF assures to curb border killings

Special Correspondent

BSF has regretted the recent border killings and agreed to work together with Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) to resolve future issues relating to border.
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) has also assured Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) to take steps in curbing border killings in future.
The assurance came at a flag meeting between the two sides, held atthe BSF Behrampore Sector, India at the Padma Char opposite to Sonikandi BOP in Pabaupazila of Rajshahi on Wednesday.
BSF 35 Battalion Baharampur Sector DIG KunalMajumder led the BSF delegation and while BGB Rajshahi Sector Commander Col Tuhin Masud led the BGB side.
During meeting, BGB presented two important issues at the meeting – border killings and BSF’s infiltration and capturing of Bangladeshis, Col Tuhin said.
BGB strongly protested against the killings of Bangladeshi citizens by BSF along the Rajshahi border area.
At the same time, BSF has been requested to handover anyone who enters Indian territory in future through flag meetings.
BGB also informed their Indian counterpart about the arrest of five fishermen from Padma in Sonikandi BOP area of Pabaupazila.
Col Masud said: “BSF had expressed regrets over the border killings. They also said cattle smugglers enter India ignoring BSF barriers and many times the smugglers also attack BSF, which forced them to shoot.”
Both sides agreed to follow the Bangladesh-India Border agreement to resolve issues in the future.
Earlier, (BSF) detained a Bangladesh national from Khalishakotal bordering area in Phulbari upazila of Kurigram Wednesday night.
The detainee , Nurnabi Mia, (30) is a resident of Khochabari village in Phulbari.
Commanding Officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) battalion 15 in Lalmonirhat Lt Col SM Touhidul Alam confirmed the matter on Thursday.
BGB sources said Nurnabi had been working in Delhi for long.
BSF personnel of 38 Korola camp apprehended him from nearby demarcation pillar number 934 around 10:30pm when he was returning Bangladesh, they said.
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) also shot and injured a Bangladeshi cattle trader near Baghadanga border in Jhenaidah’s Moheshpur upazila on February 14.
The injured was identified as Ripon Khalifa, 30.
Later, the BSF men took him to Ramnagar area under Hanskhali police station in India’s Nadia district.
BGB 58 Battalion Assistant Director Nazrul Islam Khan said Ripon, along with six others, illegally entered India by crossing the border to bring cattle from there at dawn on Friday. Noticing their presence, patrolling BSF members of the area shot at them.
BSF handed over Ripon to Indian police in an injured state while the others managed to flee the area, added Nazrul.
At a flag meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and BSF later on the day, BGB demanded the return of the captured Bangladeshi citizen. However, BSF informed that he was handed over to Indian police and currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Krishnanagar.
According to reports, BSF has killed more than a dozen of Bangladeshi citizens along the border since the beginning of the new year 2020.
There has been a sharp rise in border killings as 43 Bangladeshis were either shot dead or tortured to death during 2019 by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF), according to legal aid group Ain o Salish Kendra
“Of the 43 Bangladeshis, 37 were shot dead and six others tortured to death,” Abu Ahmed Faijul Kabir, ASK’s senior coordinator, told the meddiaa , citing the rights body’s annual report,
ASK data show that 46 people were killed along the Bangladesh-India border allegedly by the BSF in 2015. The number came down to 31 in 2016 and 24 in 2017.
Rights defenders describe such killings of unarmed and defenceless people as cold-blooded murders.

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