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1 shot dead by BSF at Pakhiura border

  • Published at 09:17 pm December 4th, 2019
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The victim is Abul Hashem, aged around 35-36, from Kalair Char in Pakhiura; he was presumed to be a cattle rustler

A Bangladeshi man was reportedly shot to death by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near the Pakhiura border in Narayanpur union of Nageshwari upazila in Kurigram.

The victim is Abul Hashem, aged around 35-36, from Kalair Char in Pakhiura; he was presumed to be a cattle rustler.

Kochakata police station OC Mamun Or Rashid and Narayanpur Union Parishad Chairman Mojibur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune. 

Abul sustained a bullet injury at the Pakhiura border on Tuesday morning. He succumbed to his injuries at Rangpur Medical Hospital at 9pm the same day. 

Locals said Abul, along with four or five others, trespassed 200 yards into Indian territory, by venturing into the Soytalmari area  in the Dhubri district of Assam. He did so in the early hours of Tuesday, to smuggle cows into Bangladesh. 

BSF personnel allegedly open fired upon noticing the gang of cattle rustlers, during which Abul received a fatal injury to the head. His associates immediately took him to Rangpur Medical Hospital.

OC Mamun Or Rashid said: “The body of the deceased will be handed over to his family after the autopsy.”

BGB 22 Commanding Officer Lt Col Md Jamal Hossain said: "As soon as we heard about the incident, we sent a patrol team to the scene. But our team did not find anyone there. Maybe they fled the scene out of fear of being charged for illegal trespassing.”

However, BSF denied any such occurrence when contacted, he added.