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BGB files two cases in Thakurgaon incident

  • Published at 04:42 pm February 15th, 2019
Locals protesting over BGB-Bahrampur villagers clash in Haripur upazila, Thakurgaon on Friday; February 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

A total of 253 villagers have been accused

Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) has filed two cases—accusing 253 people—in connection with the BGB-Bahrampur villagers clash in Haripur upazila, Thakurgaon.

Naib Jahurul Islam filed the cases with Haripur police station, on behalf of 50 BGB Battalion, on Thursday night, confirmed Haripur police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Amiruzzaman. 

All of the accused are locals from Bahrampur village, the OC said. 

One of the cases accuse three people of smuggling cows and trespassing the border. 

In the other case, 19 people were named and 250 others were accused of: obstructing justice, seizing weapons with the intention of murdering BGB members, seizing official weapons, causing damage to the weapons, and other crimes. 

OC Amiruzzaman said: "We have accepted the cases. We will take the next steps after receiving instructions from the Thakurgaon police superintendent."

Meanwhile, Supreme Court lawyer Tapan Kumar Saha filed a writ petition seeking compensation for the families of those killed during Thursday’s altercation.

The writ petition also asked for a ruling seeking an explanation as to why the killing of three people and injuring of at least 20 others, through gunfire, should not be declared illegal; and why punitive measures should not be taken against the BGB members involved.

Previously, on Tuesday morning, three people—including a 12-year-old boy–were killed, and at least 16 others injured, when members of BGB opened fire during what the paramilitary force claimed was a clash with cattle smugglers at Bahrampur village in Haripur upazila.

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