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BGB killing by BSF
BNP demands UN-led probe

Staff Reporter:

BNP on Saturday demanded an investigation under the supervision of the United Nations (UN) into the killing of a member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Benapole border in Jashore.
In a statement, the standing committee of the party alleged that the BSF has turned the border areas of Bangladesh into a ‘blood sport’ with 201 Bangladeshi citizens killed by the India border force over the last seven years.
At their meeting on Friday, the BNP standing committee, the highest policy-making body of the party, strongly condemned the killing of the BGB member by the BSF.
BGB sepoy Mohammad Raisuddin was gunned down by the BSF members along the Benapole border on Monday.
After the incident, BSF in a statement claimed that the slain BGB sepoy was accompanying smugglers in plain clothes.
But the BNP standing committee described the BSF’s explanation as unacceptable and said a BGB mem-ber can never accompany a smuggling gang wearing a lungi and a t-shirt. “Indian human rights organi-zation MASUM also disagreed with BSF’s statement.”
The party also said the BSF’s statement was fabricated and as the force was just trying to justify their killings, encouraged by the ‘Big-Brother’ attitude of Indian policymakers. “There’s always a huge gap between the crimes committed by the BSF and their rhetoric. Their (BSF’s) attitude gives an impression that they still could not come out of the primitive and medieval ages.”
It also said the people of Bangladesh have rejected the BSF’s concocted statement on Raisuddin killing with hatred. “The bloodshed along the border will not stop because of India’s ambitious policy.”
By killing a BGB member, BNP said India sent out a hegemonic message to keep the people of Bangla-desh subservient to them.
“India-Bangladesh border is the most violent and bloody in the world. Despite India’s repeated commit-ments (to bring it down), the incidents of killing of Bangladeshi citizens by the BSF along the Bangla-desh border are increasing,” the party said.
It said ordinary Bangladeshi citizens have been killed for so long by the BSF, but now even the members of BGB are not safe along the border. “The killing of the border guards of an independent country by the border guards of another country is not a simple incident; rather it involves the question of inde-pendence and sovereignty of the state.”
The BNP also said it is a matter of deep concern that Sheikh Hasina’s knee-jerk foreign policy as a result of her greed for power has turned Bangladesh into a vassal state: “The usurper Awami government is now a pawn of a hateful anti-national plot. Even now the member of the BGB is losing life without any justified reason.”
The party also slammed the government’s “silence” over the killing of the BGB member and border kill-ings.
“The BSF’s ‘deliberate killing’ is now known to all. Delhi’s ferocity and Dhaka’s silence are contributing to the uncontrolled border killings. The silence over the incidents of killing of Bangladeshis near the border by the BSF is the result of Dhaka’s subservient perpetual ‘political settlement’ with Delhi,” BNP said.

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