DESPITE repeated assurance by Indian authorities of restraint on border, the country’s border force, BSF, killed four Bangladeshi citizens in the bordering areas of Kurigram, Dinajpur and Meherpur since Friday evening.
Two cattle traders were killed in Dinajpur, one in Meherpur while a local in Kurigram.
The BSF troops from Gobindapur camp No. 96 killed two Bangladeshi cattle traders when nearly five to six people went to Daudpur frontier area in Katla union of Birampur upazila to bring cows from Indian side around 4:00am Saturday.
Motiar Rahman, 20, son of one Siddiq Hossain of Dakkhin Daudpur village of the upazila and Tajul Islam, 26, son of one Asir Uddin of Rongaon village died on the spot.
The other cattle traders however managed to flee unhurt.
The BSF men later took away the bodies, said Tareq Iftekhar Ahmed, acting commander of Phulbari camp of the BGB 40 Rifles Battalion.
The BGB official said the Indian border troops fired four shots during the incident which took place in 170 meters inside the Indian side from the zero line.
A letter was sent to the Indian side asking for a flag meeting where Bangladesh side would protest the killings and demand return of the bodies, he said, adding that the Indian border troops are yet to response till 4:00pm Saturday.
The Kurigram victim came under BSF attack when he went to Camperchhara area, a zero line area adjacent to Gorakmondal bordering vicinity of Phulbari upazila, around 6:30am to respond to the call of nature.
The BSF troops from Narayanganj BOP (border out post) Camp No. 46 of Koch Bihar district opened fire on Alamgir Hossain, 25, son of one Ismail Hossain of Krishna Nanda village of Phulbari, said Subedar Emran, Shimulbari company commander of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
Alamgir sustained severe injuries but managed to return home near the Gorakmondal frontier line.
While his relatives were rushing him to Phulbari Upazila Health Complex, Alamgir succumbed to his injuries on the way, said Mobassher Ali, chairman of Naodanga union parishad.
Police took his body to Kurigram Sadar Hosptial morgue for autopsy.
Aziz Mojnu, one of his neighbours, said Alamgir used to sneak into Indian side and bring cattle in for local cattle traders.
During the meeting Krishana Nanda bordering area, Ziaul Haque Khaled, the commanding officer of BGB’s Battalion No. 45 who led the BGB side, strongly protested the shooting in the zero line of the frontier.
Rajesh Sohan, the commandant officer of BSF Battalion No. 46, alleged that the Indian border troops were forced to open fire in self-defence as nearly 12 Bangladeshi citizens attacked them.
The BSF troops from Bazrapur camp in Nadia district picked up Naharul Islam, 40, of Meherpur Sadar upazila and killed him when he went near Shewratala frontier area of Gangni upazila around 7:30pm Friday.
Rezaul Karim, camp commander of BGB Rifles Battalion 35, neither could confirm why Naharul went in the frontier area nor how he was killed.
The BSF troops might have been strangled Naharul to death, he speculated.
A flag meeting might be held later in the day.
On July 30, Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said in Dhaka thatIndiahad ordered BSF not to shoot anyone crossing Indo-Bangla border no matter what the circumstances are.
“Let me make it very clear…we have issued strict instructions to our border security forces that under no circumstances should they fire upon anyone trying to cross from either Bangladesh to India or India to Bangladesh. The message has gone down to the last jawan,” he said at a joint press conference with his Bangladesh counterpart Shahara Khatun.