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BGB file cases over Matiranga clash

Five, including a BGB official, died in the altercation

Update : 05 Mar 2020, 04:49 PM

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has filed cases against 19 individuals, including four deceased, and 70 unnamed persons in connection with Tuesday’s clash over timber transportation at Khagrachhari’s Matiranga upazila.

40 BGB East Khedachhara Checkpost Havildar Ishak Ali filed the case with Matiranga police station as the plaintiff under charges of obstruction of public service and murder.

Matiranga police OC Shamsuddin Bhuiyan confirmed the matter after accepting the case. Legal actions would be taken after police investigation, he said.

On Tuesday, five people, including a BGB member, were killed at Gazinagar in Matiranga, when a clash erupted between BGB men and some villagers over transportation of timber.

The BGB, in a press statement issued the same day, claimed that the villagers had surrounded a BGB patrol team when they tried to stop timber trafficking, prompting the border troop members to fire a blank round.

They also claimed that the villagers snatched weapons from the BGB men away and started firing indiscriminately, killing five people: BGB Palashpur zone soldier Md Shaon, villagers Shahab Miah and his sons Ahmed Ali and Ali Akbar, and Mofiz Miah. 

However, locals who witnessed the incident refuted all claims.

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