BSF DG calls border killings ‘unfortunate deaths’
Published : Sunday, 16 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 647
Director General of Indian's Border Security Force (BSF) Rajni Kant Mishra expressed his deep concern over increasing number of killings on the Bangladesh-India border in recent time.
Terming the killings as unexpected deaths, he said, "You say 'killings', I say unfortunate deaths of individuals."
Rajni Kant came up with this remark at a press conference at the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters on Monday in the capital.
The DG informed that the killings in the border have increased in five months this year comparing to the last year. But he requested to find out the circumstances of the deaths on the border.
He urged security forces of both the countries to arrange joint patrolling along the border for stopping the killings.
A four-day conference of the BGB with BSF has begun on June 12.
A 10-member delegation of BSF led by its Director General Rajni Kant Mishra is participating in the conference. The delegation also includes officials from the ministries of home and external affairs of India.
A 19-member BGB team comprising representatives from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), foreign ministry, home ministry, Department of Narcotics Control, Joint Rivers Commission, and Department of Land Records and Survey is led by its Director General Maj Gen Md Shafeenul Islam.
Seven people were killed last year of which six were Indians and only one was Bangladeshi, the BSF DG claimed.
But his figure contradicts the statistics of Bangladeshi rights body Ain O Salish Kendra which said at least 15 Bangladeshi people were killed in the border last year. And in the last five months alone, the number is being estimated at 15.
The BSF DG said they use non-lethal weapons in the borders and use firearms in the rarest situations to protect themselves, not to target anyone.
"We have trained our forces to maintain maximum restraint. But sometimes the situation turns so ugly that our men are attacked with stones, sticks and sharp weapons," the BSF DG said.
On the border killing issue, the Border Guard Bangladesh DG Shafeenul said, "We have of course raised our concern over the increased number of deaths in the borders."
He said the number of deaths this year is eight and both forces have come to an agreement to ensure the number is kept at where it is now.
Replying to a query on the source of Yaba smuggling into Bangladesh through India, the BSF DG said none of the two countries are the source of the contraband items.
"We are working to check illegal dumping of Yaba tablets through India," he said. In the conference, both sides agreed to undertake joint efforts to bring down the border killing incidents to zero, to take steps for prevention of human trafficking and illegal crossing, prevention of illegal arms ammunition and explosives, drugs and gold through increasing coordinated patrols in the vulnerable border areas, according to a joint statement.
Both sides exchanged a list of criminals and smugglers operating in the border area and sought assistance to address the issues, the joint statement added.