Monday, November 17, 2008

Recalcitrant Indian Border Security Force (BSF)

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) who are also termed as 'Border Smugglers Force' by the locals on both side of the border of Bangladesh and India for their involvement of smuggling goods to and from India have caused chaos inside the Bangladesh territory again.

According to the Bangladeshi 'Daily Star', BSF yesterday regretted and apologised for killing three people and wounding another in Maynaguri village in Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh Sunday night, according to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) officials.

The BSF at a flag meeting with the BDR also assured that such incidents will not recur in future.

The meeting, held at zero line near Majhipara border in Tetulia, decided that a BSF member caught by the villagers would be handed over to BSF after treatment, said BDR officials in Panchagarh.

The BDR team at the flag meeting was led by Col Aftabul Islam of Rangpur sector and the BSF team by R Chandra Mohan from Kishanganj camp in India.

Meanwhile, BDR officials of Panchagarh 25 Battalion said at least 8 to 10 drunken BSF personnel from Nayabari camp in India entered Maynaguri village near Majhipara border, at least 500 metres inside Bangladesh, after 10:00pm Sunday and ransacked several houses.

When the villagers protested this, the intruders entered the house of one Shahidul Islam and fired indiscriminately leaving three people killed and one injured.

The deceased were identified as Mazeda Begum, 25, her one- year-old son Mamun, and Golam Mostafa, 45, a neighbour.

Mazeda's husband Shahidul Islam, who was bullet-hit, and the BSF member held by villagers, were rushed to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Shahidul's condition was stated to be critical.

Following the flag meeting, people of Maynaguri village who had fled their houses in panic, started returning.

What I don't understand here is the policy of Bangladesh government. If a drunken BSF member has been caught within the Bangladesh territory after killing 3 people and wounding another, why should the government send that person back after the treatment? Why don't they put him under trial according to Bangladeshi law? What kind of spineless policy is this? What message are you sending to the BSF personnel through this extradition? Aren't you sending a message to them that BSF personnel are welcome to come and kill Bangladeshi people whenever they feel like?

I'm really frustrated at the development of this incident because, this is not the first time BSF members have done this. Every two weeks we get news of BSF intrusion in Bangladesh, and if the Bangladesh government doesn't take a strong action this time, this will continue to happen.

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