Yet another Bangladeshi was shot dead along Indian border at Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj early yesterday by the Border Security Force (BSF), despite its pledges to stop killing, instead.
Deceased Shariful Islam, 23, a cattle trader, was the son of Shamsul Haque Kalu of Tarapur-Shahapara union of the upazila.
Killing along the Indian border still continues despite its much assurance that the BSF members would be directed to show restrain and use rubber bullets instead of lethal ammunition to stop it.
According to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sources, Shariful was shot when the BSF troops in Pashchimbanga's Malda district opened fire on a group of cattle traders who were crossing Shingnagar border.
The other cattle traders rescued Shariful but he died on the way to Shibganj Upazila Health Complex, said Lt Col Jahangir Hossain.
Later, police recovered the body and sent it to the Sadar hospital morgue for an autopsy.
BGB officials sent a note to its Indian counterpart protesting the killing, Lt Col Jahangir said.
To prevent border killings, Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, during his visit to Bangladesh in late July this year, told reporters, “We have issued strict instructions to our Border Security Force that in no circumstances should they fire upon anyone trying to cross, either from Bangladesh to India or India to Bangladesh.”