A Bangladesh youth, who was shot by Indian Border Security Force at the Srirampur Union border in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat on December 10, died in a hospital in northern Rangpur on Saturday.

The 32-year-old bordering man, Abu Taleb, 32, a son of Kamar Uddin Shaheen of Islampur Dangirpar village in Srirampur Union, was seriously injured in the shooting and was rescued in a critical condition and was admitted to a private clinic in Rangpur.

He was a farmer by profession but used to transport cattle occasionally.

The police investigators said a bullet hit him on his belly and pierced through it.

Patgram police station officer-in-charge Sumon Kumar Mahanta said Abu Taleb’s elder brother Abu Chad filed a murder case with the police station over the incident.

He said that the victim went to the border along with a few others in the early hours on December 10.

Following the shooting incident, the Border Guard Bangladesh officials reported a general diary with the police station but did not find his whereabouts.

‘We came to know his whereabouts following the death,’ he added.

Patgram police recovered the body and sent it to Lalmonirhat morgue for autopsy on Sunday.

Burimari Border Guard Battalion company commander Khalilur Rahman in Patgram upazila confirmed the firing incident.

At least 41 Bangladeshis were killed by BSF in the first 10 months of this year, according to Ain o Salish Kendra, an NGO.

At least 1,185 Bangladeshis were killed along the border by BSF between 2000 and 2019, according to the data shared by rights group Odhikar.

On September 19 in a joint press conference following the 50th border conference concluded in Dhaka, the newly-appointed Indian Border Security Force director general, Rakesh Asthana, made a fresh promise to bring the number of border killings to zero.

On October 8, new Indian high commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami also told reporters in Dhaka that enhancing economic partnership between Bangladesh and India and bringing down border killing to zero would be his priorities, among other issues.  



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