BSF kills 4 Bangladeshis
Monday, 25 February 2008

UNB, Dhaka

Four Bangladeshis were shot dead and another was wounded by the Indian Border Security Force troops on Satkhira and Thakurgaon borders Saturday.

Two cattle traders were killed and another was wounded in BSF firing near Mondumala border in Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon early in the day.

The deceased were identified as Afajuddin, 28, son of Rahimuddin of Barsa Ratnai village in Baliadangi upazila, and Faruk Hossain, 25, son of Shawkat Ali of Rasulpur village in Kaharol upazila of Dinajpur district.

BDR and local sources said BSF members from Sonamoti camp opened fire on a group of cattle traders at about 4:00am when they crossed the border, killing Afajuddin and Faruk on the spot and wounding Fajir Ali. Fajir, who somehow managed to return home, was admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in critical condition.

Officials of 20 Rifles Battalion of the district protested against the shootings and wrote a letter to their counterpart in India asking for returning the bodies.

Last month, seven Bangladeshi people were killed in BSF firing in the district, BDR sources said. In Satkhira, two Bangladeshi cattle traders were gunned down by BSF on Rudrapur frontier in the morning.

The deceased were identified as Abdul Majed, 32, of Rudrapur village and Hasan Ali, 30, of Bhabanipur village in Sharsha upazila of Jessore.

BDR sources said BSF troops of Tetulbunia camp fired on the two cowboys when they were returning with the cattle from India, killing them on the spot. BSF also took away the bodies of the cowboys to their camp. Major Kamrul Hasan of Satkhira BDR 41 battalion said, 'in protest against the killing, we have already dispatched a letter to BSF and demanded immediate return of the bodies.'

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