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13 February, 2019 12:48:32 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 February, 2019 11:30:11 AM

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3 killed in Thakurgaon BGB shooting

Cattle traders clashed with BGB men over seizure of ‘smuggled’ cattle
Our Correspondent, Thakurgaon
3 killed in Thakurgaon BGB shooting
Policemen try to calm the situation down as agitated people take to the streets at Baharampur village under Haripur upazila of Thakurgaon yesterday protesting deaths of three fellows in BGB firing. Independent Photo

At least three people, including a child, were killed and 44 injured in a clash between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel and local people in Haripur area of Thakurgaon yesterday. The injured also included women and children and of them, at least 15 sustained bullet injuries.

The deceased were identified as Sadekul Islam (40) and Nabab Ali (26) of Ruhia village, and Joynul (12), son of Nur Islam, of Baharampur village under Haripur upazila.

Of the injured, names of Mithun, Israk, Sadequl, Rasel, Nowsad, Babu, Abdul Hannan, Taimur, Ansarul, Jebunnesa and Moon could be ascertained.

The casualties occurred when the BGB men opened fire on a mob that had attacked them following the border security men of Betna camp stopped a man who was headed to the Jadurani village market to sell his cows, both Thakurgaon BGB Sector Commander Col Shamsul Arefin and officer-in-charge (OC) of Haripur police station Amiruzzaman confirmed.

The border guards seized the cows at Baharampur village under Haripur upazila claiming that those were smuggled through a nearby bordering area with India.

The seizure ultimately led locals attacking the BGB personnel in numbers.

Going into the details, Col Arefin said the BGB has taken a strict stance against smuggling and illegal trespassing along the border due to an increased number of border killings in the past few weeks.

As part of that initiative, a BGB patrol team seized three Indian cows from Baharampur in Chandgaon area of Haripur. The team was attacked on its way back to Betna camp by a mob from the area. At least four BGB men were injured in the attack, he said.

The patrol team directed the mob to disperse peacefully but was attacked instead, Arefin said, adding, “Being attacked, the BGB team opened fire.”

The injured were taken to Haripur Upazila Health Complex where the on-duty doctor declared dead three, he added.

Confirming the death of three people in BGB firing, Commander of BGB 50 Battalion in Thakurgaon Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud said his men opened fire in self defense.

The commander also claimed that cattle smugglers attacked the BGB troopers with the

help of villagers who were armed with sharp weapons.

Haripur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Arif Beg and Haripur Upazila Chairman Nurul Islam visited the spot after the incident. Both deplored the incident.

Saying that the incident was not a planned one, they said the local authorities were trying to communicate with the families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, 15 of the injured were shifted to Dinajpur and Rangpur medical college hospitals for better treatment.

Medical officer of Haripur health complex Dr Abdus Samad said injuries of about 35 people were critical.

Of the 15 shifted to Dinajpur and Rangpur, two — one Mithun and Babu— are in critical condition, said the doctor.

Thakurgaon Superintendent of Police Mohammad Maniruzzaman said a large number of police and BGB members were deployed at the upazila to avoid further deterioration.

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