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  • probirbidhan 18:35 on August 15, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , BSF, 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 08:34 on July 4, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , border killings, BSF, , domestic violence, , , gunfights” with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), police custody, torture on domestic help   

    63 extrajudicial killings in 6 months of 2012 

    The Daily Star July 1, 2012

    A total of 63 people fell victim to extra-judicial killings by law enforcers across the country in the first half of this year, according to a report of rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra.

    Among the victims, 30 were killed in “gunfights” with Rapid Action Battalion, nine with police and another with a joint team of Rab and Bangladesh Coast Guard. Police tortured eight persons to death and killed one by shooting, said the ASK report.

    The report covering the issues of human rights violation was based on reports of 12 national dailies, said an ASK press release yesterday.

    According to the report, 50 people, including 17 inmates and 33 detainees, died in police custody.

    Three journalists were killed; 43 received death threats allegedly from ruling party men, government officials and criminals; 201 journalists were tortured and another went missing while returning home from work.

    Mobs across the country took the law into their own hands due to a lack of trust in law and “killed” 61 people, stated the report.

    Law enforcers allegedly had a hand in the disappearance of 36 people. The bodies of three of the missing were recovered.

    Along the Indo-Bangla border, Indian Border Security Force shot dead eight persons and tortured to death 11 others. A total of 56 men were hurt and 53 abducted by the Indian force.

    Incidents of political violence that numbered 303 accounted for the deaths of 41 people and injuries of 5,375 more. The administration imposed section 144 (ban on public gatherings) 82 times across the country to avoid explosive situations.

    Of the 457 women raped this year, 59 were killed afterwards and five unable to bear the disgrace committed suicide.

    The report says 300 women were tortured for dowry, 123 of them physically.

    Seventeen domestic helps died “mysteriously”. Four others succumbed to their injuries allegedly after being tortured by their employers during the first half of this year. Moreover, 20 women committed suicide, 178 were killed and 281 women became victims of domestic violence.

     
  • probirbidhan 12:39 on June 12, 2012 Permalink |
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    Probe human rights violations by BSF: HRW 

    Indian authorities should investigate allegations of human rights violations by its Border Security Force (BSF) along the Bangladesh border and prosecute those found responsible, New York based Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

    Documents published by Indian and Bangladeshi non-governmental organisations suggest that the BSF is once again committing abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture, and ill-treatment of both Indian and Bangladeshi border residents.

    A win over India, in cricket, border killing

    মাদক পাচারকারী ভারত চায় না ব্যবসা বন্ধ হোক

    Indian apology not enough to end border murders

    Prosecute Security Forces for Torture: HRW to India

    সীমান্তে বিচারবহির্ভূত হত্যা ব্যাপার না!

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    “The Border Security Force has reverted to its previous tactics of unilaterally punishing suspects, defying orders from Delhi issued last year to exercise restraint and protect the right to life,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW).

    “But the central government is also responsible, since it has failed to hold perpetrators accountable. Justice is the best deterrent against further violations.”

    In December 2010, Human Rights Watch released “Trigger Happy, Excessive Use of Force by Indian Troops at the Bangladesh Border,” which documented nearly 1,000 killings by the BSF over the last decade.

    In January 2011, the Indian government assured Bangladeshi officials that it would order the BSF to exercise restraint and encourage the use of rubber bullets instead of more lethal ammunition, steps welcomed by Human Rights Watch.

    Although BSF attacks decreased significantly over the next year, the new evidence presented suggests that Indian border troops continue to frequently abuse both Bangladeshi and Indian citizens residing in the border areas.

    The recent allegations claim that in order to get around the restrictions on shooting at sight, BSF soldiers have been subjecting suspects to severe beatings and torture, resulting in deaths in custody.

    Efforts by local residents and activists to file complaints and secure justice have resulted in threats and intimidation.

    The National Human Rights Commission has sought responses when allegations are filed, but without adequate witness protection, complainants end up risking further abuse.

    Large numbers of killings and other abuses have been reported in 2012.

    Odhikar, a Dhaka-based non-governmental organisation, has documented as many as 13 killings by the BSF since January 2012. Kolkata-based non-governmental organisation Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), has documented five other killings during the same time period, based on statements from witnesses and families of victims.

    In one recent example, MASUM reported to the NHRC of India that on April 22 soldiers from the BSF’s 91st battalion chased and shot 21-year-old Babu Seikh in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal.

    According to MASUM, Seikh and three of his companions, were walking toward the marshy land in the evening when they were chased by BSF soldiers who fired at them without warning. After a bullet hit Seikh, MASUM says that one of his companions saw the soldiers drag an injured Sheik to their camp nearby, where he later died in custody without access to medical attention.

    In another case, MASUM reported that on January 1 four Indian teenagers, accosted while smuggling cattle, jumped into a rivulet to avoid punishment. The BSF soldiers allegedly beat them when they tried to come out of the water. All four boys, severely injured because of the beatings, eventually drowned.

    In another case, Okhikar reported that Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, a cattle trader who bought cows from India for sale in Bangladesh and lived in West Khodaipur village of Dinajpur district, died on February 14 due to alleged torture by BSF soldiers. The post-mortem report says Rahman died due to injuries to his head. At the time of death his right eye was missing; his right jaw, ear, and gums were crushed; and some brain matter had come out through a deep wound in his upper jaw.

    Last year, MASUM released a video showing BSF soldiers brutally beating a Bangladeshi national caught smuggling cattle in West Bengal state. Eight soldiers were suspended but no further information is available regarding their prosecution or punishment.

    Human Rights Watch knows of no cases in which BSF soldiers have been prosecuted for violations committed along the India-Bangladesh border. This includes a highly publicized case in which a 15-year-old Bangladeshi girl trapped in the wire fencing at the border was shot by the BSF in January 2011.

    “While the Indian government claims that it holds its forces accountable, it produces no information to show that this is actually happening,” said Ganguly. “There appears to be complete impunity for BSF soldiers – even in the most egregious cases. Unless the government orders an independent investigation and ensures the prosecutions of those against whom credible evidence is found, such acts of brutality will continue.”

    The India-Bangladesh border is heavily populated with impoverished areas, with large numbers of people moving back and forth to visit relatives, buy supplies, and look for jobs. Others engage in petty and serious cross-border crime.

    The border force is mandated to address illegal activities, especially narcotics smuggling, human trafficking for sex work, and transporting fake currency and explosives. However, instead of arresting suspects and handing them over to the police for trial, BSF soldiers have taken it upon themselves to punish suspects.

    Human Rights Watch called on the Indian government to do more to ensure compliance with the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials.

    “It is time for the Indian government to keep its promises to end abuses and hold its forces accountable,” said Ganguly. “At the same time, Bangladeshi government should publicly demand that the Indian government end this scourge of violence along their border.”

     
  • probirbidhan 05:33 on May 22, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , BSF, 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: , border security, BSF, 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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