A Bangladeshi youth has managed to escape from the clutches of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) when he was being tortured along with another man from Bangladesh.
Abdul Latif, 35, is currently being held at the BSF’s Cooch Behar 61 battalion’s Chanrabandha camp. Twenty-two-year-old Azam, who managed to escape, has gone into hiding to evade arrest by police and Border Guard Bangladesh.
The men were picked up by BSF along Lalmonirhat’s Patgram upazila border Thursday morning.
It was in the same area that the BSF had severely beaten a Bangladeshi man on December 20. The man, Rashidul Islam, 30, later died.
Latif and Azam were tortured in the same manner.
Locals and Rangpur BGB 61 battalion sources said Latif, Azam and a number of other Bangladeshi cattle smugglers crossed into India Wednesday night along Sreemarpur-Burimari union border.
They were caught by a BSF patrol Thursday morning when they were coming back. The BSF team kicked them, beat them with sticks and hit them with bayonets.
At one stage, Azam found an opening and dashed to save his life. The BSF team then took Latif to the camp.
Azam received first aid at Lalmonirhat’s Patgram Upazila Hospital. Resident Medical Officer Dr Rafiqul Islam said: “Azam’s body bore signs of severe physical assault.”
He has gone into hiding to avoid being arrested by police and BGB, his family and locals say.
Rangpur BGB 61 battalion’s acting director Muniruzzaman said they had protested against the incident and written to BSF for a flag meeting.