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15 June, 2019 06:47:13 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 June, 2019 08:01:44 PM
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BSF DG dubs border killings ‘unfortunate deaths’

Independent Online/ UNB
BSF DG dubs border killings ‘unfortunate deaths’
BSF Director General Rajni Kant Mishra

The chief of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) has called the killings of Bangladeshi nationals along the border “unfortunate deaths”.

BSF Director General Rajni Kant Mishra insisted that the Indian border guards use non-lethal weapons and that the use of firearms is rare.

Mishra’s remarks came while replying to a journalist’s question at the end of the DG-level conference at Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters in Dhaka on Saturday.

He insisted that the BSF has adopted a ‘non-lethal weapon policy’ and that their forces had been trained to maintain maximum restraint.

“Unfortunately, the situation sometimes turns ugly and our men are attacked with stones, sticks and sharp weapons,” he said. “In the rarest of rare cases, firearms are used [by BSF members] to protect themselves, not to target anyone.”

At least 1,144 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF along the border between 2000 and 2018, according to data compiled by Odhikar, a human rights organisation.

Mishra said that during the talks, the BGB chief expressed serious concerns over border deaths.

“I assured him that instructions to observe utmost restraint will be reiterated to all field formations,” the BGB chief said.

BGB chief Major General Md Shafeenul Islam said that apart from border killing, they also discussed smuggling of firearms, gold, drugs and fake currency.

HM

 

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