Border killings by BSF continued in 2017: ASK
Published : Monday, 1 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 533
At least 18 people were killed, 32 injured and 38 people were abducted by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) between January and November of 2017, according to Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK). Of the abductees, only 13 were brought back by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
Even on December 10, Two Bangladeshis had been shot dead by members of BSF in Bhubanpara border area under Godagari upazila in Rajshahi.
Locals said BSF members opened fire at Mithu, 27, son of Alauddin and Abul Bashar, 29, son of Jalal Uddin, while they were returning home from India around 1:30am on Sunday, leaving both of them spot dead. Of them, BSF members left the body of Mithu beside his home but took away the body of Bashar, said Char Ashariadaha UP chairman Sanaullah.
Meanwhile, the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) has sent back three members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) after a flag meeting between the border guards of the two neighbouring countries on December 26. The detainees were SI Haranath Sing and constables -- Rakhesh Kumar and Santos Kumar -- who are currently stationed at Harbhanga camp of the BSF.
BGB outpost's subedar Abu Taleb said they had seized arms, bullets, hand bombs and signal sets from the possession of the BSF members.
According to statistics available from different government sources including BGB a total of 1,226 Bangladeshi civilians and 22 BGB personnel were injured by BSF and Indian nationals.
As per historical records , Bangladeshis were killed along the border in 1972, the very next year after the independence while the first Indian civilian was killed by BGB in 1990.
Decade-wise, 103 Bangladesh nationals were killed from 1972 to 1981 by the Indian side. From 1982 to 1991, 179 Bangladeshi civilians and 4 BGB personnel were killed. From 1992 to 2001, 264 Bangladeshi civilians along with 10 BGB men died along the border. From 2002 till 2011, the Indians killed 666 civilians and 2 BGB personnel. In the half decade from 2012 to 2016, 178 Bangladeshis were killed along the borders.
Statistics shows that a significant number of Bangladeshis were killed and injured by the Indian civilians along the border. For instance, from January 2001 till January 31, 2017, a total of 165 Bangladeshis were killed and 207 were injured by the Indian civilians.
The position of Bangladesh regarding the killing of its nationals along the border is of serious concern. Joint India-Bangladesh Guidelines for Border Authorities 1975 states that illegal border trespass should be dealt with preferably without resorting to fire.
BSF was requested to exercise maximum restraint and in the event of compulsive situation to open blank fire or fire at the lower portion of the body. In various meetings, both sides agreed that killing of unarmed persons is unacceptable and inhuman and reiterated that legal system of both the countries do not permit killings either.
The Bangladesh side made it known to the Indians that because of its sensitive nature, even a single incident was enough to damage months of painstaking progress in other areas.