BSF kills 294 Bangladeshis in 10 years, minister tells JS
DOT Desk: Two hundred and ninety-four Bangladeshis were killed by Indian Border Security Force along Bangladesh-India frontiers in the past 10 years, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told parliament yesterday, reports New Age.
Responding to a question of Bangladesh Nationalist Party MP M Harunur Rashid, the home minister told the house that Border Guard Bangladesh was putting its highest efforts to control the border killing while the government was also taking necessary diplomatic steps in this regard.
According to the minister, at least 66 Bangladeshis were killed on in 2009, 55 killed in 2010, 24 killed in 2011, 24 killed in 2012, 18 killed in 2013, 24 in 2014, 38 killed in 2015, 25 killed in 2016, 17 killed in 2017 and three were killed in 2018.
The minister also said that BSF also agreed with Bangladesh to completely stop the border killing. The killing already decreased in recent years, he added.
Responding to a question by treasury bench MP Ashim Kumar Ukil, the minister said that the authorities have detected 328km areas on the frontier as ‘sensitive’ area and taken necessary steps to install modern cameras under its surveillance system.
The actual number of border killings, however, more high than the official statistics.
Bangladeshi rights group Odhikar recorded 414 deaths, 617 others injured and 484 abductions allegedly in the hands of Indian border force between January 2009 and December 2018.
Between January and March this year, at least seven Bangladeshis were shot dead by the BSF, the Odhikar said, adding that two other Bangladeshis were either shot dead or injured.