Tuesday, 14 July 2009

BSF firings kill 2 more Bangladeshis

Our Correspondents, Dinajpur and Kushtia

Indian Border Security Force yesterday killed two Bangladeshis--a farmer and a cattle trader-- on the borders of Dinajpur and Chuadanga.

The deceased were identified as Yakub Ali, 27, son of Mohiz Ali of South Daudpur in Birampur upazila of Dinajpur and Badruzzaman, 40, son of Safiuddin of Nastipur in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga.

BSF troops from 57 Gobindapur camp opened fire on Yakub, while he was working in the field about 100 metres inside Bangladesh border at Daudpur around 10:30am, leaving him critically injured, BDR officials of 40 Battalion at Phulbari said quoting witnesses.

Yakub was rushed to Birampur Upazila Health Complex and died at about 11:55am, BDR sources added.

After the incident, the villagers burst into protest but the BDR men at Daudpur border outpost restrained the villagers.

BDR officials protested the unprovoked firing of BSF.

In another incident, BSF troops from Gobindapur camp of Nadia district opened fire on three Bangladeshi cattle traders when they were returning home through the Baradi border point of Chuadanga at about 5:00am, BDR sources said.

The shooting left Bodruzzaman dead on the spot, while two others escaped unhurt.

BSF members took away the body, sources said.

BDR of 35-rifles battalion sent letters to its counterpart protesting the killing and demanding immediate return of the body.

The killing took place at a time when the BDR-BSF summit meeting is in progress in Dhaka.

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