PANCHAGARH: The body of Aktarul Islam, a Bangladeshi fisherman, who was abducted from the border area of river Jamuna under Sadar upazila in Panchagarh district , was recovered by the Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) and police.
The Indian Boarder Security Forces (BSF) took away the 30-year-old Aktarul from Shing Road Ratnibari at border area on Thursday morning. His body was found floating on the river Jamuna on early Friday afternoon.
He was an inhabitant of village Prodhanpara at frontier area under Sadar upazila in Panchagarh.
Receiving information, Panchagarh 18 BGB Batallion commander Lt Col Ariful Huq, Panchagarh Police Station officer-in-charge Humayun Kabir and other senior officials visited the spot.
Locals and family members said members of the Sakatipara Camp of the Indian BSF detained Aktarul when he went to fishing at border area of the river Jamuna in the early Thursday morning. Both BGB and BSF held flag meetings twice in this regard. At the meetings, the BSF denied detaining Aktarul, but a red-coloured car of BSF dumped the body of Aktarul on the Indian side of river Jamuna on early Friday afternoon.
When the floating body of Aktarul reached at Bangladesh side, the locals informed the BGB and police. Receiving information, members of the Shing Road BGB Camp and Panchagarh Police Station went to the spot and brought the dead body.
In an emotion-choked voice, Shafiur Rahman, brother of Aktarul, alleged that the BSF personnel dumped Aktarul's body on the river after inflicting inhuman torture on him as his body bore numerous marks of injuries.
Panchagarh Police Station OC Humayun Kabir admitted it.
He said a unnatural death case was filed with Panchagarh Police Station in this regard and the body was sent to
Panchagarh Modern Sadar Hospital morgue for postmortem.
Slain Aktarul left his wife Jahanara and six-year-old son Zahid who reads at a local school. Aktarul's death left wife Jahanara, son Zahid and other members of the family dumbfounded as he was the only bread-winner in his family.
Karimul Huq, Mahbubul Alam, Farhad Hossain and Anisuzzaman Swapan told the Daily Observer that some Indians told them that BSF had detained Aktarul.
They alleged that the BSF dumped his body after killing him though they (BSF) denied it at the flag meetings.
Panchagarh 18 BGB commander Lt Col Ariful Huq said BGB lodged strong protest with BSF after receiving the body. The 102 BSF Commandant was informed about the matter. Later, at the request of BGB Battalion Commander, BSF Commandant and other senior officials came at 'zero point' and witnessed the body.
He also said the BSF Commandant told him that they (BSF) "would take necessary steps" against the BSF personnel found responsible for dumping Aktarul's body into the river after torture.