Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down a Bangladeshi pilgrim in West Bengal's Basirhat area and abducted a farmer from Jibonnagar upazila in Chuadanga Monday evening.
Our Satkhira correspondent reports: BSF shot dead an unidentified Bangladeshi pilgrim of Hindu community on Panitor border under 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, opposite to Bhomra border in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
Lt Col Iqbal Azim, commanding officer of 41 Rifles Battalion of BDR, confirmed the incident and said identity of the victim, who went to India for 'Ganga Bath' a few days back, could not be known immediately.
BSF jawans of Panitor camp opened two shots targeting the pilgrim while he was returning to Bangladesh crossing the Panitor border at about 3:30am leaving him dead on the spot, sources said.
BSF men took away the body.
BDR sent a letter to BSF protesting the killing and asked them to return the body, BDR sources said.
Meanwhile, BSF abducted a Bangladeshi farmer from Goeshpur border point in Jibonnagar upazila of Chuadanga Monday evening, our Kushtia correspondent reports.
According to BDR 35 Rifles Battalion, BSF men from Kanpur camp in Murshidabad district of West Bengal entered Bangladesh territory and picked up Muraf Malitha, 30, son of Samu Malitha of Goeshpur in Jibonnagar when he was working in the field at about 5:30pm.
On information, a BDR team from Dhopakhali camp under 35 Rifles Battalion rushed to the spot.
BDR sent a letter to BSF protesting the incident and asked for a flag meeting, BDR sources said.