Saturday, 21 January 2012

BSF kills another Bangladeshi

Benapole, Jan 21 ( --

Amid ongoing criticism over the torture of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, the Indian Border Security Force shot dead a Bangladeshi at the Dhannokhola border on Saturday morning.
Three others were also wounded in the incident, Atiar Rahman, nayeb subedar of Dhannokhola Camp of the Bangladesh Border Guard, told

He said 22-year-old Rasheduzzaman, a cattle trader, was injured after the BSF opened fire at Mathpara Urshi area around 5am. He later succumbed to injuries after he reached Bangladesh territory.

"We have contacted the BSF and protested the killing. But they deny that they have killed him," he said.

Rasheduzzaman is the son of Mosharraf Hossain of Matipukur village under Jessore's Sharsha Upazila. Benapole land port police recovered his body and sent it to Jessore Sadar Hospital's morgue.

The injured--'Hamidur', 27, 'Bahauddin', 30, and Monirul Islam, 32 -- have been treated locally.

BSF's atrocities along the border recently came under the spotlight again after a video showing a 22-year-old Bangladeshi, Habibur Rahman, being stripped, kicked and beaten by them.

NDTV and some other Indian TV channels aired the video on Wednesday.

Habibur told on Thursday that he fell victim to the torture of BSF while returning to Bangladesh with cattle through Khanpur border of Paba upazila in Rajshahi district on Dec 9 last year.

The Indian border forces suspended eight personnel over the matter and said that an investigation was ongoing.

In 2010, human rights group Odhikar and the New York-based Human Rights Watch reported that the BSF had killed some 1,000 Bangladeshis over the last decade.

The continued killing grabbed media attention after publication of a photograph showing the body of 15-year-old Felani, shot dead by BSF troops on Jan 7 last year while returning to Bangladesh with her father, dangling on a barbed fence.

The Indian government expressed regret and sympathy and requested Bangladesh to motivate people to follow the legal routes in crossing the border. In a two-day home secretary-level meeting, India also promised to ease tension on the borders and stop killing of Bangladeshis.

The BSF, guarding the over 4,000 kilometres of porous border with Bangladesh, recently armed its troops with "non-lethal" weapons to reduce causalities and fatal injuries to Bangladeshi nationals attempting to cross over into this country.

But the border force's killings along the border have been ceaseless.

The last death was that of three young men on Dec 17.

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