Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Wednesday evening handed over the body of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) trooper Suman Mia, who went missing in the Teesta River on Tuesday when chasing smugglers in Lalmonihat’s Patgram upazila.
“After holding a flag meeting in Taroni area of India’s Cooch Behar district around 3pm, BSF handed over Sumon’s body to us. We will send it to his family in Habiganj district where he will be laid to rest,” said Lalmonirhat-15 BGB battalion Commanding Officer Lt Col Golam Morshed.
The body had been sent to Rangpur Medical College morgue for autopsy, said Aboni Shankar, officer-in-charge of Patgram police station.
Dahagram BGB camp commander Lance Naik Md Abdul Wahed Sheikh filed an unnatural death case with the police station, said the OC.
Sumon, 42, BGB Lance Nayek of Dahagram camp of Lalmonirhat’s Patgram upazila, went missing after he jumped into the river in Abuler Char area of Dahagram in Bangladesh in an attempt to catch cattle smugglers, said BGB sources.
An Indian border guard rescue team recovered Sumon's body nearly four kilometres from the site around 10pm on Wednesday.
Deceased Lance Naik Sumon joined Rangpur-61 Battalion Dahagram camp after being promoted about 15 days ago.
He was earlier posted at a BGB camp in Cox’s Bazar.