A Bangladeshi was killed and five others received injuries as India’s Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire at them early Wednesday in Jhenaidah’s Maheshpur.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Srinathpur camp Nayek Subedar Morshed Ali said the incident took place around 5:30am in a field in India’s Mobarakpur adjacent to Maheshpur’s Srinathpur border area.
The BSF shooting comes just a day after Indian Home Secretary R K Singh ‘logically supported’ opening fire at ‘criminals’ in a Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting in Dhaka.
The deceased was identified as Rabiul Islam, 35, of Shyamkurh village adjoining the border.
The injured were identified as Raju of the same village, Mohor Ali of Padmapukur village, Imran of Lorhaighata village, and Abdul and Shankar of Srinathpur village.
BGB official Morshed Ali said the BSF personnel of from Fatehpur camp opened fire at them near Srinathpur border as they were on their way to Bangladesh with cattle from India.
Rabiul died on the spot while the rest received bullet injuries, he said adding Rabiul’s remains were still on the other side of the border.
Meanwhile, Maheshpur Police Station Officer in Charge Anwar Hossain told bdnews24.com that injured Raju and Mohor Ali were admitted in the Jessore Medical College Hospital.
Facing criticism from various human rights groups over killing of unarmed Bangladeshis by the Indian border force, the Indian government had last year said they would provide non-lethal weapons to the BSF personnel.
Number of incidents like this had reduced after the announcement, but in the last few months, border killings have seen a spate.
Attending the three-day Home Secretary-level meeting of the two countries, R K Singh on Monday said, “BSF personnel open fire only when they are attacked.”
“Most of them are cattle smugglers,” Singh also told reporters while visiting the Akhaura land port.
According to the Dhaka-based human rights organisation Nagarik Andolan, more than 1,000 Bangladeshi nationals have been killed by the BSF personnel in the last 10 years. Besides, 987 people have received injuries from BSF shooting and at least 1,000 people have been abducted.