Dhaka, Bangladesh
294 die in BSF action in 10yrs, JS told

294 die in BSF action in 10yrs, JS told

3 killed Thursday

News Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Thursday told Parliament that a total of 294 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF along the border in the last 10 years.
The minister presented the statistics in reply to a scripted question from BNP MP Md Harunur Rashid (Chapainawabganj-3) in whose district death in frontier shootings occur frequently.
As per the data, the highest number of 66 Bangladeshis was killed in 2009 while the lowest three in 2018 in border areas.
The Home Minister told the House that the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) is making all-out
efforts to stop the border killings by BSF. "The government is also taking necessary measures at diplomatic level in this regard."
Stating that BSF has agreed to bring down the border killing to a zero level, he said the killing of Bangladeshis by BSF has declined largely compared to the last year.
According to the statistics placed by the minister, at least 66 Bangladeshi nationals were killed along the Bangladesh-India border in 2009, 55 in 2010, 24 each in 2011 and 2012, 18 in 2013, 24 in 2014, 38 in 2015, 25 in 2016, 17 in 2017 and only three in 2018.
Responding to another question by treasury-bench MP Ashim Kumar Ukil (Netrakona-3), the minister said BGB has taken various steps for confidence building among people living in border areas and the border guards of the two countries. "It's helping ease tension along the border."
Besides, he said, BGB has identified 328 kilometers as "sensitive areas" for setting up surveillance system in the border areas. "Modern cameras and surveillance system will be set up gradually in those sensitive areas."
Replying to another query by the BNP MP, Harunur Rashid, the minister said 1,19,187 cases were filed against 1,61, 323 drug peddlers in 2018.
Meanwhile, three people were reported killed by Indian BSF members on Thursday on Chapainawabganj and Jessore borders.
Two people were killed by the BSF on the Wahedpur border under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Saddam Hossain Potol, 25, son of Saifuddin from Monohorpur village under Durlovpur union of Shibganj upazila, and Royal, 27, son of Asadul Islam from Dovagi village of the same union.
Captain of Chapainawabganj Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB-53) Lieutenant colonel Mahbubur Rahman said: "A team, including Potol and Royal, entered India through the border to bring cows. On their way back, BSF members from Nurpur camp shot at them, killing the two on the spot."
Locals said Potol's dead body was returned to Bangladesh, whereas Royal's body was still on the other side of the border.
A Bangladeshi national was shot and wounded by the members of BSF along Putkhali border in Benapole of Jessore district early Thursday.
The victim was identified as Israfil Hossain, 30, son of Nur Islam of Choto Achra village.
BSF members of Angrail camp of India opened fire on a group of Bangladeshi cattle traders when they were returning home with cattle through the border, leaving Israfil injured, said Imran Ullah Sarkar, commanding officer of BGB-21 Battalion.
Later, Israfil was first taken to Navaron Hospital and then shifted to Sharsha Upazila Health Complex.

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