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BSF kills 4 Bangladeshis along Naogaon, Jessore borders

  • Published at 03:51 pm January 23rd, 2020
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File photo of a portion of the Bangladesh-India border fence Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

BSF members from Kyadaripara camp opened fire on them around 6am while they were returning with cattle, leaving the trio dead on the spot

Four Bangladeshis have been killed reportedly by members of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) along different border points in Naogaon and Jessore districts. 

Reports of these latest border killings came just a day after two other Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot dead by BSF men along the Hatibandha border area in Lalmonirhat. 

A battalion commander level flag meeting between BSF and Border Guard Bangladesh’s (BGB) 15th battalion was also held on Thursday over the Lalmonirhat incident, reports our district correspondent Moazzem Hossain. 

Earlier this month, three other Bangladeshis were also killed by BSF along the Panchagarh border. 

According to Ain o Salish Kendra, border killing rate along the Bangladesh-India border went down in 2018, but 2019 had seen a sharp rise. 

The rights watchdog said that at least 43 Bangladeshi citizens were killed by BSF last year, a threefold increase from 14 in 2018. 

In Naogaon, three Bangladeshis were shot dead reportedly by BSF members along Duarpal border point under Porsha upazila early on Thursday. 

The victims were identified as cattle traders Sandip Kumar, 24, Kamal Hossain, 32, and Mofiz Uddin, 38. 

Nayeb Subedar Mukhlesur Rahman, camp commander of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) 16 Hapania camp, and locals said a group of cattle traders entered India to bring cattle on Wednesday night. 

BSF members from Kyadaripara camp opened fire on them around 6am when they were returning with cattle. Sandip and Kamal were killed at least 800 yards inside the Indian territory, while Mofiz was 200 yards inside Bangladesh territory. 

BGB officials said they have strongly protested the incident and sent a letter to BSF calling for a flag meeting.  

Man tortured by BSF dies at Indian hospital 

Meanwhile, another Bangladeshi man, who was tortured by BSF personnel from the Bonnabaria border camp, died while undergoing treatment at Bonga Hospital in India on Wednesday night. 

The victim, Hanif Ali Khoka, 32, was from Jessore’s Sharsha union, his uncle Shahidul Islam and BGB’s Agrobhulot BOP Commander Nayeb Subedar Mozzamel Hossain confirmed it to Dhaka Tribune.

Local Union Parishad member Tabibur Rahman said, Khoka had gone to his uncle’s home on the Indian side of the border two days ago. 

Khoka was held by the BSF men at their Bonnabaria border camp while trying to re-enter Bangladesh. The BSF men tortured him inhumanely, leaving him critically injured, said Shahidul. 

Later, Khoka was admitted to the hospital, where on-duty doctors declared him dead. 

Tabibur also said that BGB was negotiating with BSF to bring Khoka’s body back home.