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  • probirbidhan 18:35 on August 15, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Felani Khatun murder trial, India-Bangladesh border   

    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 16:59 on July 10, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , India-Bangladesh border, , , Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, , ,   

    Indian northeast worried over stalled talks with Bangladesh 

    DNA, July 10, 2012

    Prime minister Manmohan Singh’s failure to reciprocate Bangladesh’s “peace gestures” either by granting a concession on Teesta River water or operationalising the already signed land boundary agreement is frustrating the chief ministers of the north-eastern states.

    The ministers are peeved at the UPA government’s inability and indecisiveness to table the Border Management Bill in the previous budget session of Parliament due to stiff opposition from the Trinamool and the BJP. “The delay is hampering the trans-border trade, contact and cooperation. Improvement in relations with Bangladesh is a real game-changer for the north east,” said Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma.

    Government officials here admit that Hasina Wajid’s government in Dhaka has immensely contributed towards maintaining peace in the militancy-affected north-eastern states. She reversed the policy of her predecessors by ordering closure of several militancy training camps and even handed over some hardcore Assam militants to India.

    Five Indian states of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram share a 2,429 mile-long border with Bangladesh.

    Without naming them, chief minister Sangma told DNA, “Certain political parties were bent to ruin the prime minister’s look east vision and his carefully strategic initiative towards Dhaka.” He believes that his state, along with the entire north-east, were on the verge of making huge strides in development by the look-east policy.

    The CPI (M) government in Tripura is also demanding greater economic engagement with Bangladesh. Sangma, who met prime minister Singh in Delhi recently, demanded improvement in internal waterways to Bangladesh to promote cross border investments. Further, he also asked for a transit route to Bangladesh’s Chittagong port, claiming it was the nearest port for all in the north-east.

    Stressing on cooperation with the neighbouring country, the chief minister said improved relations had enabled us to move heavy machinery from Kolkata to Tripura through Bangladesh territory to set up the Palatan gas-based power plant.

    Sangma is annoyed that while the BJP is making an issue of the India-Dhaka relations, it ignored its ally, Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal’s, underlining his state’s expansive interests in reconciliation with Pakistan.“I am desperately waiting for the day when people of both the Punjabis would freely move across the borders without visa restrictions,” Badal had said a few months ago while inaugurating facilities at Attari-Wagah border.

     
  • probirbidhan 05:33 on May 22, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , illegal trade, India-Bangladesh border,   

    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 00:32 on May 19, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: , bribe, bullets, cattle trader, , India-Bangladesh border   

    BSF kills Bangladeshi cattle trader 

    The Daily Star Saturday, May 19, 2012

    Indian Border Security Force (BSF) early yesterday hurled a cocktail at Bangladeshi cattle traders injuring a man and then shot him dead at Daudpur border under Birampur upazila of Dinajpur, said BGB sources.

    The deceased was identified as Saidur Rahman Chiku, 50, of Poli Mahmudpur village under Birampur upazila of Dinajpur.

    According to witnesses, the incident took place when Chiku along with other cattle traders was returning home around 4:30am. On the way, BSF of Gobindapur camp under 29 Battalion of Dakkhin Dinajpur of Paschimbanga hurled a cocktail at them injuring Chiku.

    BSF members then caught Chiku and shot him dead on the spot, they added.

    Hili police of Paschimbanga sent the body to Balurghat Hospital.

    Lt Col Tayed Ul Haque, commanding officer of Phulbari 40 Battalion, said he heard about the incident but there has been no confirmation so far from his Indian counterpart.

    Since January 2012, four Bangladeshi cattle traders have been killed and seven wounded by BSF members.

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  • probirbidhan 13:36 on May 9, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: border fencing, India-Bangladesh border, Indian Press Information Bureau, , trafficking   

    Fencing Along Bangladesh Border 

    Out of total of 2579 km of fencing sanctioned under Phase-II project along Indo-Bangladesh Border (IBB), 1871 km fencing has been completed. In addition, work in 160 km is in progress.
    Further, under Phase-III, replacement of entire fencing (861 km) constructed under Phase-I project was sanctioned. 771 km of replacement work has been completed and work in 21 km is in progress. As per the present approval, the above works were targeted to be completed by March, 2012.
    However, the balance works have been spilled over primarily due to on-ground constraints i.e. pending land acquisition, forest/wildlife clearance, un-demarcated border/ adverse possession issues with Bangladesh, habitation up to zero line in some cases, nature of terrain in some places – riverine, low lying etc. The balance works are likely to be completed on resolution of above constraints.
    Out of 77.72 km. (Assam), 272.17 km (Meghalaya) and 856.00 km (Tripura) sanctioned fencing under Phase-II Project, fencing to the extent of 73.38 km (Assam), 126.07 km (Meghalaya) and 746.70 km (Tripura) has been completed. In addition, work is in progress in 0.84 km (Assam), 62.92 km (Meghalaya) and 31.31 km (Tripura).
    An amount of Rs.2195.67 crore has been spent till March 31,2012 on fencing works along Indo-Bangladesh border.
    Whenever damage to the barbed wire fencing along Indo-Bangladesh border is reported, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), takes up the maintenance/repairs of the works.
    This was stated by Shri Mullappally Ramachandran, Minister of State of Home Affairs in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
     
  • probirbidhan 22:59 on May 5, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: BGB-BSF, , India-Bangladesh border, Maj Gen Anwar, shooting, UK Bansal   

    BSF ears wide shut 

    Border killing goes unabated as Delhi’s ‘no-fire order’ falls on deaf ears

    M Rahman

    Indian Border Security Force has killed two Bangladeshis and injured 10 others on average per month this year despite repeated pledges by their home minister not to open fire along the border.

    “Under no circumstances would the Indian border security force fire upon anyone trying to cross into India from Bangladesh,” Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said on July 30 last year during his visit to Dhaka.

    “The message has gone down to the last jawan,” he added.

    But after 25 days of his directive, BSF opened fire in Kolaroa upazila of Satkhira on August 25 injuring a Bangladeshi.

    The brutal killings along the border had declined only for a few months after Chidambaram’s visit to Dhaka as the BSF shot dead seven Bangladeshis between August and December last year, according to data of Odhikar, a rights body.

    The BSF has killed 10 Bangladeshis and injured 43 others in the last four months.

    The BSF chief, though, in an interview with BBC on January 7 said it is not possible for them to stop firing along the border. His statement showed the BSF’s lack of willingness in lowering the number of border killings to zero.

    Home Minister Shahara Khatun had toured India in February. During her trip, her counterpart P Chidambaram renewed his pledge. “We have reiterated that we don’t intend to continue firing and killing along the border.”

    “We have identified 23 vulnerable border outposts. The two countries will strengthen the presence of the border guards at those points and undertake joint consultations,” he added.

    The BSF is using lethal weapons instead of rubber bullets at many of the 23 vulnerable points, said sources at Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

    “The BSF is using rubber bullets only at some points and we cannot disclose those due to strategic reasons,” Maj Gen Anwar Hossain, director general of BGB, told The Daily Star.

    If the Indian border guards introduce rubber bullets at all the vulnerable areas, the killing of Bangladeshis will decline to a great extent, he said.

    Bangladeshi cattle traders and agricultural workers are the major victims to the BSF shooting as they work at night in the fields near the border, he pointed out.

    “We have initiated programmes to sensitise the vulnerable groups on the issue with the help of local elderly people, public representatives and Imams of mosques,” said Anwar.

    “We have advised the local cattle traders not to cross into India for fetching cattle risking their lives. Rather they should ask the Indian traders to send those to Bangladesh,” he maintained.

    The agricultural workers have been advised to inform the BGB personnel before going to work in bordering fields at night. The BGB members will inform the BSF about this in advance to ensure they do not open fire on the workers taking them for smugglers.

    These intensive awareness programmes have been very effective in reducing border killings by the BSF, said the BGB chief.

    The BSF in March proposed imposing curfews along the border at night, but the BGB disagreed. “Imposing curfews is only a temporary solution. It will not solve the problem at all, rather will undermine people’s constitutional right to movement,” he added.

    Contacted, State Minister for Home Shamsul Hoque Tuku said, “Killing along the border is an old issue and I don’t claim that such homicides have stopped.”

    “If we look at the statistics of border killings since our independence, we will notice a declining trend,” he added.

    He expressed satisfaction saying that the country for the first time has been able to convince India that killing on the border is inhuman.

    According to statistics of Odhikar, the border killings have declined over the last few years.

    The BSF has killed 31 Bangladeshis last year, 74 in 2010 and 96 in 2009.

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