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BSF is crossing the line

  • Published at 07:53 PM December 30, 2017
  • Last updated at 11:27 AM December 31, 2017
BSF is crossing the line

In the last decade alone, the BSF has been responsible for well over 600 Bangladeshi citizens being killed with nary a finger being raised by the Indian government to hold them accountable

This is unacceptable.

India’s Border Security Force has, once again, crossed a line by shooting a Bangladeshi man along the border and abducting a Bangladeshi farmer in Lalmonirhat.

We are all too familiar with how heavy-handed the BSF can be in protecting their territory, but they need to answer for their actions when they result in Bangladeshi lives being taken.

In the last decade alone, the BSF has been responsible for well over 600 Bangladeshi citizens being killed with nary a finger being raised by the Indian government to hold them accountable for their actions.

That too after numerous claims being made by the Indian government of doing their best in discussing the BSF’s particular habit of killing Bangladeshis along the border.

Given the frequency with which Bangladeshis continue to get killed at the hands of the BSF, this claim is nothing but hogwash.

Any and all rhetoric about “security” and “safety” are simply misdirections — exactly what sort of a security threat did 15-year-old Felani Khatun pose to the BSF to murder her in cold blood and leave her body hanging on a border fence for others to see?

What the BSF is doing is nothing short of an extortion racket — letting those who can pay to cross the border live, while those who can’t, meet the business end of their rifles. A racket that is implicitly being sponsored by the Indian government itself.

It is high time that the BSF was made to answer for these transgressions.

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