Home minister claims BSF killed only 151 since 2009

The Daily Star June 27, 2012

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has so far killed 151 Bangladeshi nationals in different frontiers during this Awami League-led government, said Home Minister Shahara Khatun in parliament yesterday.

Bangladesh had strongly protested the killings of its innocent citizens at flag meetings and conferences between BSF and Border Guard Bangladesh, she said replying to the queries of lawmakers.

She said, “Indian government has clearly assured us of taking all necessary measures to stop border killings and positive result is now in sight”, adding that eleven Bangladeshi people have been killed by BSF since January, 2011.

Odhikar, a Dhaka-based NGO, has documented 13 killings by BSF since January.

Introduction of CIVS

She said Dhaka Metropolitan Police has a plan to install criminal identification and verification system (CIVS) to prevent criminal activities of those who had been detained earlier. However, she did not elaborate on CIVS.

Radio Frequency Points in City

Shahara Khatun also said radio frequency gadgets would be installed at several points in the capital to verify driving licence, route permit, tax token, registration and number plates of vehicles plying the capital’s roads.

Her ministry had taken measures to introduce digital sticker, special number plate, ID tag and smart registration for vehicles to stop misusages of stickers stuck on VIP-carrying vehicles, she said.

The process of upgrading the post of police inspector to class one and the post of sub-inspector to class two was at the final stage, said the home minister.

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