November 18, 2008 – BSF regrets killings on Panchagarh border – The Daily Star

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday regretted and apologised for killing three people and wounding another in Maynaguri village in Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh Sunday night, according to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) officials. The BSF at a flag meeting with the BDR also assured that such incidents will not recur in future. The meeting, held at zero line near Majhipara border in Tetulia, decided that a BSF member caught by the villagers would be handed over to BSF after treatment, said BDR officials in Panchagarh. The BDR team at the flag meeting was led by Col Aftabul Islam of Rangpur sector and the BSF team by R Chandra Mohan from Kishanganj camp in India. Meanwhile, BDR officials of Pachagarh 25 Battalion said at least eight to 10 drunken BSF personnel from Nayabari camp in India entered Maynaguri village near Majhipara border, at least 500 metres inside Bangladesh, after 10:00pm Sunday and ransacked several houses. When the villagers protested this, the intruders entered the house of one Shahidul Islam and fired indiscriminately leaving three people killed and one injured. The deceased were identified as Mazeda Begum, 25, her one- year-old son Mamun, and Golam Mostafa, 45, a neighbour.  Mazeda’s husband Shahidul Islam, who was bullet-hit, and the BSF member held by villagers, were rushed to Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Shahidul’s condition was stated to be critical. Following the flag meeting, people of Maynaguri village who had fled their houses in panic, started returning. Contacted, Maj Sheikh Farid, in-charge of Panchagarh 25 Battalion, said, ”We have protested the BSF firing. It’s a serious border violation by them.”


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