3 killed in clash with BGB members
At least three people were killed and 15 others injured in a clash with the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Haripur upazila of Thakurgaon on Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Nabab, 35, son of Nazrul; Joynul, 12, son of Noor Islam, and Sadekul, 32, son of Abdur Rahim. All were the residents of Ruhia in the same upazila.
Local administration sources first said about four deaths, but, later, confirmed the number three.
The death toll may rise as the condition of a number of injured 'stated critical'.
Local people alleged that BGB members of Betna camp tried to snatch a cow from Mahabub Ali, a resident of Bahrompur village, when he brought it at Jadurani market for selling in the morning.
The BGB members thought the cow an Indian one and tried to snatch away that led to a clash with the villagers.
Three people including two passersby were killed when the BGB members fired gun shots.
Fifteen people including four BGB men were also injured during the clash.
The injured were rushed to Haripur upazila health complex.
Thakurgaon 50 BGB commander Lt col Tuhin Md. Masud said, local people equipped with lethal weapons swooped on a BGB patrol team while returning camp after seizure of four cattle-heads.
"The villagers did not pay heed to the BGB request to be calm down. At one stage, they tried to snatch away the patrol team's arms that left our four members injured," he said, adding, "At first, we fired blank shots. But, later, we're forced to open fire to quell the situation."