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B’desh border guards open fire, kill one

Kolkata: Personnel of the Border Guards Bangladesh, manning the international borders with India, on Monday crossed into the Indian side and opened 'unprovoked' fire leaving a 40-year-old farmer dead and a child injured in Uttar Dinajpur district in West bengal, BSF officers said.
    
The DGP of the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) and other personnel, crossed the Kulik river close to the international border, entered Indian villages and fired three rounds near the Makarhaat area, killing Md Farid and injuring a 13-year-old boy, the officers said.
    
BSF Additional Director General (East) B D Sharma said, "Later during a flag meeting at the commandant level, they have admitted to the firing. But they claim that the Indian had crossed over to Bangladesh side for smuggling and the firing was done on their side of the border."
    
Local reports said that Farid was found dead along the border on the Indian side with fertilisers found on him.
    
"Our men are saying that their jawans entered the Indian side and killed the man after an altercation with villagers," Sharma said.
    
Senior officers, including BSF IG (north Bengal), have rushed to the spot to handle the situation while the injured boy has been admitted to Raiganj district hospital.
    
India shares a 4000-km-long border with Bangladesh, a large part of which remain porous due to lack of fencing.
While illegally crossing the border, infiltrators from both sides often get killed by the security forces.
    
In a meeting last year, BSF Director General U K Bansal had told Bangladesh that efforts should be made to bring down casualties along the border to zero.

(Agencies)

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