Wednesday, 22 July 2009

বিএসএফের গুলিতে পাঁচবিবি সীমান্তে বাংলাদেশি নিহত

পাঁচবিবি (জয়পুরহাট) প্রতিনিধি | তারিখ: ২২-০৭-২০০৯

জয়পুরহাটের পাঁচবিবি উপজেলার নন্দুইল সীমান্তে গত সোমবার রাত ১০টার দিকে ভারতীয় সীমান্তরক্ষী বাহিনীর (বিএসএফ) গুলিতে একজন বাংলাদেশি গরু ব্যবসায়ী নিহত হয়েছেন।

বিডিআর ও পুলিশ সূত্রে জানা গেছে, ধরঞ্জী ইউনিয়নের নন্দুইল গ্রামের হাবিল ওরফে হাবুত (৩২) রাত ১০টার দিকে ভারত থেকে গরু নিয়ে আসছিলেন। এ সময় মথুরাপুর বিএসএফ ক্যাম্পের সদস্যরা হাবিলকে লক্ষ্য করে তিনটি গুলি ছোড়ে। গুলিবিদ্ধ হাবিল বাংলাদেশে প্রবেশের পর ২৭৯ মেইন পিলারের ১৪ নম্বর সাব-পিলারের কাছে মারা যান। বিডিআর সদস্যরা তাঁর লাশ উদ্ধার করে থানায় হস্তান্তর করেন।

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Thursday, 16 July 2009

BSF kills cattle trader

Unb, Rangpur

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Bhurungamari border.

The deceased was identified as Anwar Hossain, 35, hailed from Dhaldanga village.

The body of Anwar, thrown into the river after killing, was rescued from under the Pateshwari Bridge.

Police said the body bore mark of bullet wound close to his left eye.

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.

Monday, 13 July 2009

BSF to be asked to stop killing

DG-level talks with BDR begin in Dhaka | Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh and India kicked off a border conference at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters yesterday morning, while two Bangladeshis were shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Chuadanga and Dinajpur frontiers.

At the three-day director general level conference between BDR and BSF, Dhaka will raise the issue of killings, wounding, and torture of unarmed Bangladeshi nationals by BSF and Indian civilians at the border.

"Once again we will request our counterpart to take measures and stop such killings and the firings," a senior BDR official told The Daily Star last night.

Four other Bangladeshis were also killed on Thursday in separate incidents of BSF firings at the border.

According to Odhikar, a human rights organisation, 50 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF firings at the border in the past six months.

An 18-member Indian delegation led by BSF Director General ML Kumawat arrived in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon for the conference, where a 22-member Bangladeshi delegation is being led by BDR DG Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam.

Discussions on strengthening joint patrols and preventing trans-border smuggling, especially of narcotics, will figure prominently at the conference. Both sides will try to strengthen the relationship through various programmes.

Bangladesh will also raise the issue of pushing in Bangla speaking Indians into Bangladesh.

Erection of fences, road construction, and excavations within 150 yards of the border line by India in the name of defence strategy, will also come into discussion, according to the discussion agenda of BDR.

Facilitating development works for prevention of land erosion by rivers is also included in the agenda.

The BSF agenda sent to BDR, emphasise on joint efforts for preventing human trafficking, and extended cooperation in curbing trans-border crimes.

India will also seek Bangladesh's cooperation in construction of its border fence, and in facilitating development works along the border.

"Joint efforts to prevent trans-border crimes like smuggling of narcotics, and formulation of a joint border management plan will also be featured in the discussion," added the BSF agenda.

A statement issued by BDR also said a joint records of discussion (JRD) will be signed by both sides on July 14.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

BSF kills 3 in Benapole

UNB, Benapole

Three cattle traders were shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Panchbhulat border in Benapole this morning.

The deceased were identified as Ahmed Ali, 24, Sabuj, 18, and Saddam Hossain, 22, all hailed from Panchbhulat village.

BDR sources said when the three cattle traders were returning home from India along with cattle BSF troops of Barnabaria camp opened fire on them, leaving them dead on the spot at about 4:00am.

BSF troops later took away the bodies to their camp.

A tense situation has been prevailing in the border areas following the incident.