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Thursday, 31 January 2008

Staff Correspondent

The border guards of Bangladesh and India on Tuesday traded gunfire at Hatipara of Phulbari in Dinajpur. Three Bangladeshis, including a Bangladesh Rifles member, were injured.

The Bangladesh Rifles officials in Dhaka said the gunfight began at about 9:30am after a patrol team of India's Border Security Force had fired shots.

The officials said a team of 15 Rifles Battalion was on a patrol on the Hatipara border point when the Indian guards entered into an altercation over putting up barbed-wire fences.

'The BDR members opposed the illegal fencing within 150 yards of no man's land. At one point, a BSF member opened fire,' said Colonel Abdul Halim, director (operations) in a briefing at the BDR headquarters.

After that, he said, the two sides started firing which continued for about three hours.

BDR nayek Latu Mia was hit with a bullet in the waist and two villagers were seriously wounded in the firing. The identity of the two could not be immediately established. Both the sides ended the gunfight at about 1:00pm by hoisting white flags.

During the fight, BSF subinspector Om Prokash intruded into the Bangladesh territory and was caught by the villagers.

The Dinajpur sector commander of the Bangladesh Rifles, Colonel Reza Kabir, and the BSF's Malda commander PS Tomar sat at a meeting at Hatipara at 3:30pm on the issue.

The meeting decided to maintain peaceful co-existence on the border. Om Prokash was handed over to the BSF team after the meeting.

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