The Border Security Force of India (BSF) has allegedly tortured and killed Mohammad Hajirul Islam (27), son of late Iyaz Uddin and Hajera Khatun of South Dowari village in Baliyadangi Upazila of Thakurgaon district in Bangladesh on the night of September 1, 2012. Nagorbhita border of Bangladesh on its opposite has Tingao border of Goalpukur Police Station in North Dinajpur district of India.
The Company Commander of 30 BGB, Barkat Ullah told Odhikar that at the flag meeting held on September 1, 2012 the Inspector of Tingaon BSF outpost Kapoor Singh said that Hajirul Islam died when BSF shot him while he was trying to cut the barbed wire fence at the Tingaon border of India. However, the doctor and the person who bathed the dead body found no marks of gunshot in Hajirul’s body. Moreover, they mentioned that there were bruises behind Hajirul’s head, indicating he suffered to death.
The killing of Bangladeshi citizens by BSF at the Bangladesh-India frontiers is rising at an alarming rate. Odhikar expresses grave concern on the matter. In this case Odhikar requests the National Human Rights Commission to take the cases seriously under consideration.
Odhikar believes that the Bangladesh government needs to become sincerely proactive about saving its citizens from being tortured or killed by the BSF and obtain compensation from the Indian government for the victims or their families.
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