A Bangladeshi man has been shot dead by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) along the border in Lalmonirhat’s Hatibandha.
A patrol team of Cooch Behar 100 BSF battalion fired four rounds at a group of Bangladeshi cattle smugglers who were trying to cross the border at Doikhaoa.
Shafiqul Islam, 26, died on the spot. He hailed from Hatibandha’s Amjhol area.
His body has been left near main pillar number 905 at the Doikhaoa border.
Lalmonirhat 15 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) battalion director Lt Col Golam Morshed said they had protested against the incident and called for a flag meeting with the BSF.
In a separate development, a BSF patrol team intruded into Bangladesh territory and abducted a farmer who was working in his cornfield near Lalmonirhat sadar upazila’s Mogolhat border in the morning.
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BGB troopers from Mogolhat camp rushed to the spot after learning about the abduction of Sabed Ali.
Locals and BGB sources said a patrol team of 38 BSF battalion’s Gitadaldah camp entered into Bangladesh around 7:45am.
It was unclear why the farmer has been abducted. The BGB has sent a letter of protest. Lt Col Morshed said they had called for a company commander-level meeting to get back Sabed.
Only two days ago, the BSF caught two Bangladeshis along the Lalmonirhat border and tortured them. One of them managed to escape to Bangladesh. The BSF has handed over the other detainee to Indian police.
The continuous killing of Bangladeshi nationals along the border has been a contentious bilateral issue and has not stopped despite Delhi’s assurance.
BSF troopers have killed 767 Bangladeshis between 2001 and December 22 this year, according to the BGB.
Most deaths along the border are related to cattle smuggling.