The killing of another Bangladeshi, 30-year-old cattle-trader Taharul, at the hands of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday makes it four people killed in two days. This is simply unacceptable.
How much longer will this go on?
How many times must this happen before the BSF is held responsible for such blatant indifference to the loss of Bangladeshi life?
It beggars belief that over the last 10 years BSF has been responsible for the deaths of over 600 Bangladeshi citizens.
The Indian government continues to claim that they are doing their best and that securing their border is a dangerous business.
This claim is nonsense.
Let us call a spade a spade.
What is going on at the border is an extortion racket -- implicitly sanctioned by the Indian government. Pure and simple.
We know it, and they know it.
Those who pay to cross the border, get to live, and those who don’t, or don’t pay enough, do not. It is as simple as that.
Please save us the homilies about security. It’s not about that.
The Indian government’s continued inattention when it comes to this issue is unfortunate in the extreme, especially considering the fraternal relationship between our two countries.
It is in their power to end these killings, and to show to the Bangladeshi people that Bangladeshi lives matter to them.
It is high time they did just that.