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BGB issues red alert in Jessore border

  • Published at 09:13 pm July 25th, 2018
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The red alert was issued following an attack on Indian Border Security Force personnel, allegedly perpetrated by local sheperds of Benapole's Rudrapur border area on Tuesday; July 24, 2018 night Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The move comes after reported attacks on BSF personnel by Bangladeshi shepherds

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has issued a red alert in Rudrapur border area with India under Benapole’s Sharsha upazila after local shepherds allegedly attacked some personnel of the neighbouring country’s Border Security Force (BSF).

The alert was issued on Tuesday night following heavy protests from BSF hours after the reported attack took place, said Khulna BGB 21st Battalion’s In-Charge Maj Syed Sohel Ahmed.

The paramilitary force has also issued a curfew in the area from 10pm until further notice. There is also a shoot at sight order for anyone found at the border after 10pm.

Nayeb Subedar Mostafa Kamal and Havildar Syed Miraz of BGB’s Rudrapur BOP made the announcements among the locals on Tuesday night.

BGB officials said the decisions were taken following long discussions with the residents of the border area.

They said BSF personnel in Angrali border area on the Indian side were also on high alert and seen increasing security since the attack that took place there on Tuesday.

Since BGB’s orders were issued, cattle trading through that part of the Indian border also stopped.

Maj Syed Sohel Ahmed said tension, spread in the border area after Bangladeshi shepherds reportedly attacked the BSF soldiers, was yet to dissipate.