BSF, BGB exchange fire over catching hilsa in Padma
Jawan killed, claims BSF
RAJSHAHI, Oct 17: Members of the border guards of India and Bangladesh on Thursday morning exchanged fire along Rajshahi border over catching of hilsa in the River Padma by Indian fishermen.
Meanwhile, BBC Bangla reports that Border Security Force (BSF) of India has claimed that one of its members was killed and another injured during the exchange of fire at about 11:00am along Charghat border.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Rajshahi-1 Battalion Additional Director Major Afis Bulbul told media that an Indian fisherman is in their custody.
"An Indian fisherman is in the BGB custody. I've heard the incident of fire exchange. Details will be disclosed after the commander-level flag meeting,"
said Major Afis.
Charghat Upazila Fisheries official Ariful Islam said, "A BGB team was patrolling in the river to check illegal hilsa fishing in the morning as the government imposed a 22-day ban on the hilsa fishing."
Three Indian fishermen were found catching hilsa inside Bangladesh territory. BGB at that time detained one fisherman while two others fled the scene. BGB informed BSF about the incident, he added.
BSF members came to the spot and started hurling abuses. As the BGB men protested, the Indian border force fired gunshots, prompting the BGB men to fire back, fisheries official Ariful told media.