In 2009 alone, 66 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF, the home minister says at parliament
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told parliament that a total of 294 Bangladeshis were killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the border in the last 10 years, according to statistics.
He presented the statistics in reply to a scripted question from BNP MP Md Harunur Rashid (Chapainawabganj 3) on Thursday, reports UNB.
According to the data, the highest number of 66 Bangladeshis was killed in 2009, while the lowest number killed was three in 2018.
The minister also told parliament that the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) had been making all-out efforts to stop the border killings by BSF.
"The government is also taking necessary measures at the diplomatic level in this regard," he added. Saying BSF has agreed to bring down the number of border killings to a zero, he added that the killing of Bangladeshis by BSF has declined significantly compared to last year.
According to the statistics placed by the minister, at least 66 Bangladeshi nationals were killed along the Bangladesh-India border in 2009, 55 in 2010, 24 each in 2011 and 2012, 18 in 2013, 24 in 2014, 38 in 2015, 25 in 2016, 17 in 2017, and only three in 2018.
Responding to another question by treasury bench MP Ashim Kumar Ukil (Netrakona 3), the minister said BGB has taken various steps to build up confidence in people living along the border areas and the border guards of the two countries.
He said BGB has identified 328 kilometres as "sensitive areas" for setting up a surveillance system in the border areas.
"Modern cameras and surveillance systems will be set up gradually in these sensitive areas."
Replying to another query by BNP MP Harunur Rashid, the minister said 119,187 cases were filed against 161, 323 drug peddlers in 2018.