Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has returned the body of a Bangladeshi national, who was killed by a stone reportedly thrown by a BSF patrol team at the Burimari border area of Lalmonirhat last Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as a cattle trader named Azahar Ali, 35.
Mekhliganj police station sub-inspector Keshab Das from India, handed over Azahar’s body to Patgram police station OC Abani Shankar near the Burimari border zero point at 5:30pm on Friday. Lalmonirhat-15 BGB Battalion Company Commander Forkanul Haque and Cooch Behar-61 BSF Battalion Company Commander Sitaram Sinha were present at the scene.
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BGB officials and relatives of the victim told the Dhaka Tribune: “A BSF patrol team pelted stones at Azahar Ali and some other cattle traders at the Bamandal border area on September 12. Azahar Ali suffered severe injuries and died on the scene.”
The BSF found the body of Azahar in the Saniazan River, and contacted the BGB on September 14.
Earlier, the officials of BGB and the BSF have held a flag meeting over the death of Azahar Ali, at the Burimari border zero point on Friday morning. Responding to BGB’s protests over the death of Azahar, BSF officials presented a autopsy report, claiming that the victim drowned in the Sanizan River while drunk.