Odhikar

A mentally disabled Bangladeshi allegedly beaten to death by Indian citizens at the Ghashuriya border under Dinajpur District

Babul Sheikh (48) was a resident of Choughoria village under Birampur Upazila of Dinajpur District. He was beaten to death by Indian civilians on 5 January 2010 at around 1.00 am in a betel grove which was 500 yards inside India from the main pillar no 288, sub-pillar 54. He was mentally disabled and used to live with his brother – he had a wife but no children.

On 5 January 2010 at 7.30 am one Indian villager informed the victim’s brother Bulbul Sheikh about the killing of his brother. He was brutally beaten and killed by the local people in a betelnut grove near the Indian borderline. He had injuries to his head which allegedly resulted in his death.

Upon receiving the news of the killing from the victim’s brother, the BDR asked the BSF to hold a flag meeting through a letter. On 5 January at 3.00 pm the BSF told the BDR at the first flag meeting that they would be late in returning the body due to a post mortem. At 7.30 pm on that day the BDR held the second flag meeting with the BSF and Hili Police Station at the Main pillar no 288, sub pillar no 54 where they apologized for the incident. They said that a case had been
filed with Hili Police Station against unknown criminals, numbered 09/2010 under section 304/34 of the Indian Penal Code, for culpable homicide with a common intention. The BSF assured that the perpetrators would be punished.

At 8.00 pm on 5 January 2010, while the flag meeting was going on, some men with covered faces, left the body near pillar no 288, sub pillar no 54. After receiving the body, the BDR sent it to the local police and at 8.15 pm that day. Later the body was handed over to the deceased’s family. Babul’s family did not give any consent for further postmortem of the body and they found four injuries on his head.

fact-finding-border violence-Babul Sheikh-2010 (full text in English, PDF)

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