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Kamal: Killings along Indian border on the rise

  • Published at 08:39 pm February 8th, 2020
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File photo of a member of Border Security Force (BSF) seen patrolling along the India-Bangladesh border Collected

No less than seven people were killed at the Bangladesh-India border in January alone

The killing of Bangladeshis along the borders with India has increased recently, compared to the past, says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. 

“It (the border killings) was fewer in number in the past, but has increased in recent days,” he said, addressing a seminar on human rights at a hotel in Dhaka on Saturday.

Claiming that Bangladesh and India reached a consensus to stop the killings, he said: “I visited India a few days ago, and had a long discussion on the matter with my Indian counterpart. We have always been talking about stopping the border killings.” 

The minister’s statement came just a week after he said Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) continued its all out efforts and the government was taking necessary measures at the diplomatic level to stop border killings.

But the reality goes the other way around, as the killing of Bangladeshi nationals by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) continues almost regularly, with no sign of an end to the brutality anytime soon. 

No less than seven people were killed at the Bangladesh-India border in January alone, while BGB on February 5, said at least 11 Bangladeshi citizens were killed in the last 43 days.

In the latest instance, a Bangladeshi farmer shot by the BSF along the Kushtia border on January 4, died on Friday, undergoing treatment at a hospital in West Bengal.

The deceased is Solaiman, 55, from Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia, confirmed BGB-47 Battalion Commander Lt Colonel Rafiqul Islam.

Notably, a director general level meeting of BGB and BSF in December, reached consensus on reducing the border killings to zero. 

On July 11 last year, Kamal informed the House that at least 294 Bangladeshis were killed by the BSF over the last 10 years, also saying that the number of such deaths had dropped in the previous three years.

But the number of border killings tripled last year as compared to 2018. At least 43 Bangladeshis were killed by the BSF in 2019 and 14 in 2018, according to Ain O Salish Kendra.