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Tensions mount after BSF raids Kurigram household

  • Published at 08:49 pm November 13th, 2016
Tensions mount after BSF raids Kurigram household
The incident, if proven, is a serious violation of international laws concerning borders. The house is a mere 90 feet away from Indian soil. The incident has stirred up increased tension between BSF and BGB teams who have increased their vigilance and presence in the area. According to Akbar Ali, whose house was raided, there were three BSF men, two of whom he identified, raided the house late Saturday night. He said: “I heard a loud clamour as if someone was banging the tin walls with sticks. We also heard shouting in Hindi. “When I opened the door to see what the matter was, three BSF men forcefully entered the house. “I knew one as Bikram and the other as Bijoy. “I called for help and they ran away before villagers could arrive,” he added. [caption id="attachment_32360" align="aligncenter" width="800"]BSF PHOTO=2 A window was knocked off its hinges by strikes by the BSF Dhaka Tribune[/caption] The incident took place around 2am on Saturday night. Gorokmandal village is a part of Naodanga union in the Fulbari upazila. Locals are terrified after reports of rubber bullets fired by BSF also spread. Kurigram 45 BGB Camp Commander Habildar Komol Kanti Ray said: “Some BSF personnel attacked a Bangladeshi house without any reason on Saturday night. They have no right to do so. We visited the site after we were informed of the matter. “We have sent a letter to BSF Narayanganj camp strongly protesting their actions,” he added. However, BGP 45 Director Lt Col Md Zakir Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune the incident was over a chase. “Some Bangladeshis were trying to smuggle goods on the Bangladesh-India border. They were caught red-handed by BSF. “At one point during the chase, the BSF raided one of the smuggler Akbar Ali’s house. However, we strongly protest BSF crossing over into our borders,” he added.