Bangladeshi killed in Indian BSF firing along Lalmonirhat border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot a Bangladeshi youth to death along Patgram border in Lalmonirhat early Friday morning.
The victim, Abul Kalam Azad, 30, son of Zainul Abedin of village Jhalongi under Patgram upazila was a cattle trader.
According to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) officials, a group of five or six Bangladeshi cattle traders, with the help of Indian cattle traders, went inside the Indian territory through the border at Jhalongi under Patgram upazila.
They said that Kalam was critically injured on the head and throat as the BSF members of 140 BSF Battalion patrol team fired rubber bullets on the group at about 5:30 am.
They said that Kalam's associates rescued him but he died due to excessive bleeding on way to a hospital in Rangpur.
BGB 61 Battalion's Jhalongi Camp Nayek Subedar Jalal Uddin confirmed the death of Abul Kalam Azad.
A total of 1,236 Bangladeshi nationals were killed and 1,145 others injured at the hands of BSF along Bangladesh-Indian border between 2000 and 2020, according to the data of rights organization Odhikar.
Of them, 51 were killed and 27 injured by BSF alone in 2020, the data showed.