Dhaka, Bangladesh
BGB firing leaves four dead

BGB firing leaves four dead

Thakurgaon clash with locals

Thakurgaon, Feb 12: Border guards fired on a mob amid a clash with locals over cattle seizure in Thakurgaon frontier area Tuesday, leaving at least four dead, including an SSC examinee, sources said. At least 15 others were also injured as members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) opened fire during the clash with 'cattle smugglers' at Bahrampur village in Haripur upazila in the morning, News Today correspondent Sarker Fazlul Haque reports, quoting officials and locals. The deceased were identified as Nabab, 35, Sadequl, 32, Sohel, 35, and Joynul, 16, a candidate in the ongoing Secondary School Certificate exams. The rioting started when BGB troopers stopped a man bound for Jadurani village market to sell his cow. The border guards seized the cow, claiming that it was smuggled in through the nearby border with India, which led to a clash with locals. "Police rushed to the spot after hearing about the matter. They found the bodies lying on the ground. The BGB troopers left after police went to the spot," said OC Amiruzzaman. The police saw locals protesting against the BGB troopers, holding them responsible for the deaths, he said. But the BGB said they were trying to stop an attack by a gang of smugglers. "These are smuggled cows. These were brought in by an organised gang. A patrol team stopped the traders while passing the two-kilometre stretch between the Indian border and the village market," said Lt Col Tuhin Md Masud, commander of the 50 BGB Battalion in Thakurgaon. "When the cows were being taken to the border outpost, our troopers were attacked by a gang of at least 200 armed smugglers," he said. "They were requested to hold back, but they didn't pay heed. At one stage, they launched attack on the BGB and tried to snatch away weapons. Four BGB men were injured, when several rounds of fire were shot… But that didn't work and BGB personnel were forced to open fire to bring the situation under control," the commander said Deputy Commissioner KM Kamruzzaman Selim went to Baharampur after the clashes. A probe committee has been formed over the incident. "We will take measures in line with the findings of the committee," the DC was quoted as saying. (Inputs taken from agencies)

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