India’s BSF (Border Security Force) has allegedly tortured a Bangladeshi national in bordering area on Wednesday, December 20 that led to his death. According to the locals, the victim, who has been identified as Rashidul Islam went to a bordering village in India along with some cattle traders, where he was caught by Indian security personnel and became the victim of inhuman torture.
30-year-old Rashidul Islam is a resident of Mominpur village, which is part of Pargram Upazila. The victim is the father of three children and he succumbed to his injuries before reaching the Rangpur Medical College Hospital. According to the locals, Indian security personnel chased the cattle traders on their return back to Bangladesh. All the traders except Rashidul managed to enter Bangladesh.
Soon after nabbing him, BSF personnel started beating him mercilessly and when he became unconscious, they pushed him to the other side of the border. While speaking on the issue, the officer-in-charge of Pargram police station Obani Shankar Kar said that they found numerous injury marks on Rashidul’s body.
Reacting to the incident, Subedar Obaidul Haque of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) said that soon after hearing about the incident they immediately made contact with BSF commander of Changrabanda camp Rajesh Kumar and expressed their concern, but the Indian commander denied the incident of torture.
This was not the first time when a Bangladeshi national has died from BSF’s firing or torture, as deaths occur in bordering area hundreds of times a year. In October, this year a Bangladeshi has been shot dead by the BSF in Daulatput area. This time, the victim also went to a nearby Indian village and shot when he was returning to Bangladesh with a group.