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Writ seeks compensation for victims of BGB shooting

  • Published at 09:01 pm February 14th, 2019
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A Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official speaking with a local man in Haripur area of Thakurgaon, where two people were killed in a clash between BGB personnel and local residents on Tuesday; February 12, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Supreme Court lawyer Tapan Kumar Saha filed the petition in the form of public interest litigation

A Supreme Court lawyer on Thursday filed a writ petition seeking compensation for the families of victims killed when members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) opened fire on alleged cattle smugglers in Haripur upazila of Thakurgaon.

The writ petition also asked for a rule seeking explanation as to why the killing of three people and injuring of at least 20 others through gunfire should not be declared illegal, and why punitive measures should not be taken against the BGB members involved.

Supreme Court lawyer Tapan Kumar Saha filed the petition in the form of public interest litigation.

He said the petition will be placed before the High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader for hearing next week.

The Home secretary, director general of BGB, and Thakurgaon BGB Battalion 50 Commander Lt Col Tuhin Md Masud were made respondents to the rule.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, three people were killed and at least 16 others injured when members of BGB opened fire during what the paramilitary force claimed was a clash with cattle smugglers at Bahrampur village in Haripur upazila.