Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A Bangladeshi farmer was shot dead and two others were injured by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Burimari border in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat yesterday.
The deceased Belal Hossain, 26, hailed from Namajitari village in the upazila, died on the spot while Babu Mia, 25, and Hasan Ali, 28, of Bamandal village received bullet injuries but managed to flee the scene.
Babu and Hasan were rushed to Patgram Upazila Health Complex.
The BSF men took away the body of Belal.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Burimari camp commander Subedar Sayeed Ahmed said he sent a letter to BSF Biyezbari camp of West Bengal protesting the killing and asking them to return the body of Belal as soon as possible.
BSF men opened fire on the farmers without any provocation, he claimed.
BDR sources said Indian troops shot seven rounds of bullet targeting the Bangladeshi farmers when they went to a field adjacent to the border area at about 6:15am.
In reply, BSF members of Biyezbari camp sent a letter to BDR claiming that a patrol team of BSF fired when the three farmers along with their associates were illegally crossing the border.
BSF will hand over the body to BDR after an autopsy within 24 hours, sources said.
A tense situation is prevailing in the bordering area.