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  • probirbidhan 18:35 on August 15, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: BGB, , Felani Khatun murder trial,   

    Indian Supreme Court for reinvestigation in Felani murder 

    The Indian Supreme Court yesterday issued a rule upon the central and West Bengal governments, the Border Security Force and the Central Bureau of Investigation over Felani Khatun murder case, the first such case over killings along Bangladesh border.

    Taking a petition into cognisance, the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu asked the authorities concerned to issue notices to the respondents.

    The petition challenged the acquittal of BSF Constable Amiya Ghosh by a special court in a revision trial on July 3. The self-confessed killer, Amiya, was earlier acquitted by the same court on September 6, 2013.

    The second verdict is yet to be approved by the BSF chief, who last week said that they would consider fresh trial in the case by constituting a new court if Felani’s father wanted.

    Father of Felani Nur Islam and West Bengal-based rights group Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) filed the petition last week seeking retrial in the sensational case and compensation for the victim’s family.

    The petition sought order for constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT)/CBI team consisting of officers from outside West Bengal to take over the investigation and to prosecute the offenders in accordance with the law, MASUM said in a statement yesterday.

    Felani, 15, was shot dead on January 7, 2011 while crossing the barbed wire fence at Anantapur frontier in Kurigram’s Phulbari upazila.

    MASUM said that the trials held in secrecy and that all investigation, prosecution and judgement had been done by the BSF. Two other petitions filed over the trial procedure are pending with the Supreme Court of India.

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  • probirbidhan 05:33 on May 22, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: BGB, , , illegal trade, ,   

    Dhaka protests fresh BSF killings 

     Dhaka, May 21 (bdnews24.com)

    The foreign ministry has strongly protested opening fire by India’s Border Security Force (BSF) and killing of two unarmed Bangladeshi nationals recently.

    Md Durul Islam (38) of Chapainawabganj received bullet wounds on May 16 as BSF personnel opened fire when he was inspecting his own maize field. He succumbed to the injuries the same day. Another Bangladeshi national, Faruk Ali, also died as a result of firing by the Indian border guards in the same area on April 14, according to a media statement of the ministry.

    The ministry has requested India to conduct an inquiry into the incidents and take appropriate action against the BSF personnel responsible for such deplorable acts.

    It has also called for immediate effective action to prevent recurrence of such incidents in the future.

    While registering its protest over continuation of such killings by BSF, the ministry recalled the commitment of the Indian leadership to put an end to such acts of violence.

    The ministry reminded that the Indian side had reiterated its assurance with respect to incidents of firing by BSF at various forums, the most recent one being at the Joint Consultative Commission meeting between Bangladesh foreign minister and external affairs minister of India on May 7-8.

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  • probirbidhan 12:39 on May 9, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: BGB, border security, , river erosion   

    River erosion upsets BSF at India-Bangladesh border 

    By Sujit Chakraborty, IANS, Agartala/Silchar:

    River erosion has made the job of Border Security Force (BSF) guards increasingly difficult and dangerous along the India-Bangladesh border, says a senior BSF official.

    “The erosion of river banks along the border has led to the collapse of the barbed wire fence, and damaged roads and border lines in many areas,” the official told IANS.

    “The situation is critical in southern Assam where erosion caused by the Kushiara river (in Karimganj district) has made border patrolling very risky,” he said.

    Five states — West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Assam and Tripura — share a 4,096-km border with Bangladesh, of which 2,980-km lies on land while 1,116 km is riverine.

    Barring West Bengal, the other four states lie in India’s northeast and share a 1,880 km border with Bangladesh.

    “Seasonal floods and heavy rains have made the border fence collapse and damaged border roads in many areas in the past couple of years, creating difficulty for foot and vehicular patrolling along these stretches,” the official pointed out.

    According to the official, porous border areas along the rivers are hotbeds of crime, including smuggling and illegal infiltration.

    “The collapse of border fencing and roads has allowed perpetrators to have a free run of unlawful activities,” he said.

    “Large stretches of unfenced border areas have added to the difficulties of BSF troops,” the official pointed out.

    To overcome these problems, India and Bangladesh have agreed to construct embankment on their sides of the border. However, construction work has not yet started.

    “Delay in visits by the joint technical teams of India and Bangladesh and acquisition of land has again created trouble in the construction of embankment,” the BSF official said.

    He said the Indian side sometimes with the help of the public works and water resources departments of states placed cemented blocks along the riverine areas.

    But Bangladesh had been laying stones on their side, causing further erosion on the Indian side.

    “As the two countries share 54 common rivers, the riverine boundaries are a major headache for the BSF,” he said.

    According to a report of the union home ministry, the total length of India-Bangladesh border sanctioned to be fenced is around 3,437 km, out of which around 2,761 km of fencing has been completed.

    As a pilot project, 277 km of floodlighting in West Bengal has also been completed.

    However, the report said the government has decided to undertake additional floodlighting in 2,840 km along the India-Bangladesh border.

    (Sujit Chakraborty can be contacted at sujit.c@ians.in)

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