Bangladesh on BSF killings
The Dhaka media claims that the Indian paramilitary has killed 141 Bangladeshi citizens along the border since May 2001.india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 20:01 IST
Bangladesh, in a stepped up propaganda campaign against India, has alleged that its Border Security Force (BSF) along with "Indian miscreants and hooligans" killed 141 "unarmed Bangladeshi citizens" along the border since May 2001.
A detailed report by BSS, the official news agency, in the local media also claimed that during the five-year period, the BSF injured 128 people and abducted 147 others along the nearly 1,600-km long northern frontier.
The report in the Bangladesh Observer alleged that the BSF opened fire 223 times "without any provocation" and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) retaliated 20 times "in self-defence and for the safety and security of the villagers" during the period.
BDR did not kill, injure or abduct any Indian citizen or open fire first, officials were quoted as saying.
The Indian high commission here did not immediately react to the report.
The report is part of the one-sided information disseminated by the Bangladesh authorities who maintain that its BDR acts only in "self defence" and to protect the villagers.
The northern frontiers of India and Bangladesh have been particularly volatile, having witnessed violent exchanges. Such an incident took place five years ago when BSF personnel were lured into Bangladesh territory and then set upon by the local villagers and killed.
Dead bodies of the killed personnel were slung and paraded, causing a serious diplomatic row between the neighbours.
Bangladesh newspapers often refer to "Indian miscreants and hooligans", quoting officials sources, but this is never explained.
The term was also used by the BDR director general in New Delhi last year to explain explosion across Bangladesh in August last year.
In the wake of the current drive against Islamic terrorists, the Bangladesh media, quoting official police and court sources, now acknowledges that this was the task of militant organisations that have been proscribed.
The BDR officials alleged that BSF and Indian miscreants also "attempted to push hundreds of Bangla-speaking Indian Muslims, including women, children, girls and adolescents 167 times and the BDR foiled all such attempts with the help of villagers".