Panic grips people of a village in Lalmonirhat
The people of bordering Kisamot Nijjoma village under Sree Rampur union of Patgram upazila are now in a state of panic as Indian border guards vandalised three houses at the village on Monday night.
Sree Rampur BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) camp in-charge Havilder Bashir Ahmed said some 20 to 25 BSF men of Ratanpur and Shalbari camps under Meghliganj Police Station of Cooch Behar district entered the village at around 8:30, vandalised three houses and took away four cows.
Immediately after the incident, BGB personnel visited the village and condemned the attack on the village. They also informed their Indian counterparts of the matter and asked for a flag meeting.
BSF responded positively and sat in a flag meeting on no man's land at Sree Rampur frontier at 10:30am yesterday. But the company commander level meeting between BGB and BSF ended at 1:30pm without any fruitful result as the Indian border guards denied their involvement in the incident.
The BSF team was led by company commander of Ratanpur BSF camp SK Singh while BGB team by Burimari BGB camp commander Helal Uddin Ahmed.
BGB commander Helal Uddin told this correspondent that the meeting ended inconclusively as BSF flatly denied its involvement in the incident at Kisamot Nijjoma village in Patgram upazila. The Indian team told the meeting that no BSF man had intruded into the village on Monday night, he added.
Commander Helal Uddin further said the BGB personnel are always ready to face any unexpected situation on the border. Additional BGB men have been deployed at the bordering village.
The villagers of Kisamot Nijjoma fear fresh BSF attack on the village anytime as the flag meeting yielded no positive results. Moyna Begum, 36, wife of Atikar Rahman of the village, said the villagers are now in a state of panic as the flag meeting has failed to settle the issue.