Thursday, February 9, 2012

2 shot by BSF in Satkhira

Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were injured as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) fired bullets at Keragachhi frontier in Kalaroa upazila of Satkhira early Thursday. 

The firing incident took place a day after the comment of BSF chief UK Bansal that it would not be possible to put a total stop to the firing along the India-Bangladesh border as Indian troops must take steps to stop the offenders. 

Our Satkhira correspondent identified the victim as Yakub Ali, 25, son of one Daud Ali of Keragachhi village in Kalaroa upazila and Abdul Hamil, 30, son of one Abdul Karim Sardar of Sharsha upazila in Jessore.

Talking to The Daily Star, Lt Col Abu Basit, commanding officer of 38 Battalion of Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB), said the BSF members from Tarali camp opened fire on the duo around 12:55am when they were waiting along Keragachhi bordering area to receive their consignment from Indian traders.

A commander-level flag meeting was going on at the zero point in Keragachhi frontier at 11:50am when this report was filed. 

Our Kushtia correspondent reports: Members of Monaganj BSF camp detained four Bangladeshi cattle traders when they went to Murshidabad crossing Benipur bordering area Tuesday afternoon.
Later, the BSF troops handed over the detainees to Monaganj Police Station.

Lt Col Sultan Ahmed, commanding officer of 35 BGB Battalion, said the Indian border guard captured them while they went to Indian territory crossing Banipur border in Jibonnagar upazila of Chuadanga around 4:00pm.

The detainees are: Khairul Islam, 23, Suman Ali, 22, Rakibul Islam Laltu, 25, and Saiful Islam, 26. They are from different villages in the upazila.

BGB Kusumpur Camp Commander Havildar Rezaul Karim told The Daily Star that they sent a letter to the Monaganj BSF camp for holding a flag meeting in this regard.