Letter To the Editor
2019 marked a rise in border killings
Border killing at Indo-Bangladesh border is a very common issue. In last year there is a sharp rise in border killings as 43 Bangladeshis were either shot dead or tortured to death by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). Last year, the number was 14. Rights defenders describe such killings of unarmed and defenceless people as cold-blooded murders. The Indo-Bangla border is routinely crossed by locals for trade and commerce. Border killings have continued for years despite a commitment from top BSF officials that the number of such deaths would be brought to zero.
Apart from killings, torture frequently takes place on the borderline. During the last week of April, BSF members tortured a Bangladeshi man by pulling out all 10 of his fingernails with pliers after he was caught for "illegal entry".
It is true that the relation between India and Bangladesh is much better than any time in the past. On the other hand, such border killings are going on. It's very unfortunate. Bangladesh government should emphasise the issue in bilateral relation. At the same time Bangladesh must ensure the border is secured.