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Missing of a Bangladeshi farmer from the Nitpur border area under Naogaon District

Abdur Rashid, a poor farmer, who also worked for cattle traders to make ends meet, has been missing since 10 January 2010. According to a witness who accompanied Abdur Rashid, on 10 January, ten of them were bringing cows from India through the crossing between Tikapara and Pannapara border. Everyone tried to escape when the BSF marked them and opened fire. Abdur Rashid, instead of running, hided in the mustard field. There was speculation that he had
been captured by the BSF while in hiding. However, the BSF neither confirmed nor denied this suspicion. Instead they kept silent on the issue of the missing of Abdur Rashid even after repeated inquiries by the BDR.

Abdur Rasid lived with his wife, three children (two sons, and a daughter) and parents, who were unaware until now about his being involved in cattle trading. His father Belal Hossain (70) has tried to find his son with the help of one of their relatives Akku Mia (32) who has been living in Malda, India. Depending upon Akku’s information it appears that Abdur Rashid was being kept in Malda jail, but no charge sheet has yet been brought until 26 February 2010.

The family of Abdur Rashid is in absolute misery. With the sole bread earner missing, there was hardly any means for them to carry on the daily life. The devastated father and daughter of Abdur Rashid urged the authority to bring him back as soon as possible.

fact-finding-border violence-Abdur Rashid-2010 (full text in English, PDF)

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