Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Wednesday said Bangladesh and India have reached a consensus that the border patrolling forces of the countries can open fire only in their self-defence.
“During a visit to India last month I discussed with the Indian home minister on the border killing issue and reached a consensus that none of the border guards would open fire unless it is required,” the home minister said.
The minister’s comment came hours after two Bangladeshi cattle traders were killed in Chapainawabganj and two more Bangladeshi nationals were picked up by the BSF members in Joypurhat on Wednesday.
Alamgir also said his ministry will investigate whether the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) fired shots in self-defence.
“After the investigation, the government will take necessary actions,” Alamgir said while talking to journalists after addressing the 23rd anniversary of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) at the capital's Tejgaon.
Replying to queries from journalists about the killings of Bangladeshi two cattle traders inside the Indian Territory the home minister said, “It has been observed that smugglers some times resort to life threatening actions. And that is why the border guards of both the countries have been directed to open fire in their self defence.”
He said, “During a visit to India last month I discussed with the Indian home minister on the border killing issue and reached a consensus that none of the border guards would open fire unless it is required.”