Monday, September 27, 2010
People killed by BSF are 'criminals'
From The Daily Star, Bangladesh
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Raman Srivastava on Monday addresses a press briefing at the concluding session of the top-level BDR-BSF conference held at the BDR headquarters. Photo: TV grab
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Raman Srivastava on Monday claimed that the people who were killed by BSF in the bordering areas were criminals.
The BSF chief made the remarks at a press briefing at the concluding session of a six-day-long top-level BDR-BSF conference held at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters in Pilkhana.
He also claimed that 50 percent of the victims of border killings were Indian nationals and the BSF troops opened fires without finding any alternative.
He however said they are trying their best to reduce the incidents of shooting alongside the bordering areas and his government has taken some measures in this regard.
BSF DG expressed his concern over drug peddling, women and children trafficking and arms smuggling on the frontiers.
Terming the BDR-BSF conference a success, Srivastava said the meeting would increase the cooperation between the border security personnel of the two neighbouring countries.
The BSF chief also urged Bangladeshi journalists to use the term 'death' instead of 'killing' while publishing reports on the incidents of shooting in bordering areas.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Director General Maj Gen Md Rafiqul Islam, who was also present at the briefing, protested frequent shooting and killing of unarmed Bangladeshi.
Rafiqul also called for strengthening joint patrolling of the BDR and BSF along the border to combat cross-border terrorism.
During the 6-day conference, the border guards of Bangladesh and India have exchanged a list of criminals who are wanted in their respective countries and believed to have been hiding across the frontiers.
BDR has given its Indian counterpart a list of 63 criminals, while BSF handed over a list of 79 criminals
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