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Indian BSF gun down Bangladeshi youth in Lalmonirhat

  • Published at 10:55 pm September 3rd, 2019
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The shootings occurred near Patgram in Nilphamari district on Tursday, September 3, 2019

The deceased identified as Babul Mia, 24, was the son of Noor Mohammad of the Dimla upazila in Nilphamari and another youth being injured in the BSF shooting is identified as Saiful Islam, 18, son of Gulzer Hossain of the Purbachatnai union of the Dimla upazila in Nilphamari

India's Border Security Force (BSF) has killed a Bangladesh youth and injured one other near Patgram in the Lalmonirhat district on Tuesday morning.

Dimla police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mofiz Uddin Sheikh confirmed the incident to Dhaka Tribune.

The deceased identified as Babul Mia, 24, was the son of Noor Mohammad of the Dimla upazila in Nilphamari. Another youth being injured in the BSF shooting is identified as Saiful Islam, 18, son of Gulzer Hossain of the Purbachatnai union of the Dimla upazila in Nilphamari 

Following the shooting incident, members of the Indian BSF took Babul Mia ‘s body and the one injured Saiful Islam into their custody.   Since then, families of the two boys became anxious about their whereabouts as they went missing. 

Family sources said injured Saiful went to his aunt's home in the Patgram upazila, some three-days ago. On Tuesday morning, Saiful was shot at by the BSF when he went out of the house. 

Meanwhile, Purbachatnai Union Council Chairman Abdul Latif Khan said: " I came to know that injured Saiful Islam is 17 or 18 years old. As he went to visit his Aunt's home in Dahagram, Indian BSF opened fire and injured him."

He also said: "Injured Saiful, being held in custody of Indian BSF, has talked to him over the phone. Saiful told me that he was alright."

Almost 12 hours into the incident, however, the body of Babul Mia has not arrived yet.  Rubina Begum,  mother of deceased Babul Mia, was not aware about the whereabouts of her son. She was even unaware if her son had been dead or alive.

Rubina also said: "Local people were talking about her son's possible death, being perpetrated by Indian BSF.  How do I believe it, unless I see my son myself."

She said, Babul went out of home to take his cattle to graze in the fields. Later, she came to know the most horrific news about her son's death caused by the BSF men.

Local residents said Babul Mia's home is located near the banks of river Teesta. They said, Indian BSF might have shot Babul to death suspecting him to be a cattle smuggler, the likely reason behind this horrific incident.

With regard to these two incidents, no official statement was made either by the Indian Security Force (BSF) or Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). 

However, Dimla police station OC Mofiz confirmed the matter. He said: "I have reported the incidents to high officials."