Saturday, January 21, 2012

Don’t blow it up, India says on BSF torture

With a video footage showing Indian border guards brutally torturing a Bangladeshi still a major topic of talks across the country, India on Saturday said the media should not “blow it out of proportions”.

“Such incidents often take place at the border. There is no need to blow them out of proportions,” Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in Kolkata, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

He said governments of India and Bangladesh would resolve the issue through discussions.

A video footage of December 9 aired by several Indian TV channels over the past few days showed some men in BSF fatigue brutally torturing a Bangladeshi national after stripping and tying him to a stick near the Murshidabad border.

The BSF has already suspended eight of its personnel in connection with the incident and has ordered a full-fledged probe into it. 

The foreign ministry of Bangladesh has already protested the “violent action” by the Indian BSF and wanted India to thoroughly probe the incident.