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24 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 January, 2020 01:13:36 AM
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Dhaka slams rise in border killings

Five Bangladeshis killed by BSF in two days
DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka

Dhaka sent a strongly worded protest note to Delhi yesterday concerning the rise in killings along the Indo-Bangla border over the last two days. At least five unarmed Bangladeshis have been killed by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) in the past two days. In total, nine Bangladeshis have been killed by the BSF in the last 23 days, according to sources in the home affairs ministry and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

The BGB sent a written protest note to the BSF authorities following the killings and held a flag meeting at the sector commander level yesterday afternoon.

After the meeting, a BGB officer said that they issued a strongly worded protest against the BSF’s indiscriminate killing of Bangladeshis and asked them to stop the killings at the border.

Yesterday, the BSF shot down three Bangladeshis along the Hapania border in Porsha upazila of Naogaon district. The deceased were identified as Ranjit Kumar (25), Mofijul Islam (35), and Kamal Hossen (32).

“The three were cattle traders trying to cross over to India to bring in the cattle on Wednesday night. BSF jawans shot at them and they died on the spot. The BSF then carried two of the dead into Indian territory. The third corpse was found in Bangladesh territory,” said a local.

The BGB-16 Hapania camp commander, Mokhlechur Rahman, said that after receiving information about the three deaths, they sent a letter to the BSF calling for a flag meeting yesterday afternoon. Two other Bangladeshis were shot dead

by the BSF along the Hatibandha border in Lalmonirhat on Wednesday morning.

The deceased were Suruj Islam (18) and Suruj Mia (37).

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Hatibandha police station, Omar Faruq, said that the police recovered the bodies from the Bonchauki border in Gotamari upazila with the help of BGB.

At least 329 Bangladeshis have been killed by the BSF in the last 11 years. The nine border killings this month bring the count to 336, sources said. Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal informed Parliament earlier that BSF members had killed 294 Bangladeshis between 2009 and July 11, 2019.

At least 66 Bangladeshi nationals were killed along the Indo-Bangla border in 2009, 55 in 2010, 24 each in 2011 and 2012, 18 in 2013, 24 in 2014, 38 in 2015, 25 in 2016, 17 in 2017, three in 2018, and 35 in 2019. In 2019, the BSF killed 35 Bangladeshis at different points of the Indo-Bangla frontier, BGB director general (DG) Major General Shafeenul Islam revealed at a press briefing on January 2.

He also said that the issue of border killings was discussed at the six-day 49th DG-level talks between BGB and BSF in New Delhi from December 25 to 30. “We expressed our concern about the killing of Bangladeshis by the BSF in the border areas and requested the BSF DG to take the necessary measures to end the killings,” he added.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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