A platoon sized BSF group numbering around 30 to 35 personnel entered 400 metres inside Bangladesh crossing the international border illegally before shooting Bangladeshi villagers leaving one dead and four injured in the wake.
Earlier two Bangladeshi youths from the village of Dugor went fishing to a canal at 11.30 AM, which is situated on the zero line between the Bangladesh-India international border separated by barb wire fencing erected by Indian authorities. The youth were chased by members of Patirampur camp in Malda of West Bengal however the youngsters managed to return to their village safely.
Later a platoon sized BSF force entered Dugor at around 1.00 PM and exploded three IED’s according to local witnesses. They terrorised the villagers with gun fire shooting five random civilians before returning to India.
Border Guard Bangladesh lodged a protest note to the BSF and sat in a sector level flag meeting with them. They are investigating the cross border criminal violations by BSF.
New Delhi provided non-lethal weapons to its errant border guards on the backdrop of their trigger happy activities however the situation on the border remains volatile.
Security analysts believe the Border Guard Bangladesh’s virtual tolerance towards BSF’s repeated aggression has ensured total impunity for BSF personnel.
The situation is unlikely to improve until BGB is given the mandate to retaliate appropriately against BSF for violence on the border.
Over 1,000 Bangladeshi civilians were killed in the past decade by India’s notorious BSF. The abnormally high figures have infuriated Bangladeshis however the Government of Bangladesh has not shown any meaningful initiative to protect Bangladeshis from harm’s way.