BSF compensates Rs 5 lakh for killing Bangladeshi along border

Rajshahi: For the first time ever, the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has handed over a compensation of around five lakh Indian rupee to the relatives of a victim who was shot dead along Alayapur frontier in Rajshahi district in 2010, reports Daily Prime News online.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)-37 in Rajshahi district formally handed over the cash to the family of the victim on Sunday. Beauty Khatun, wife of the victim, received the cheque when three sons of the couple were also present.

Lt Col Shammi Feroj of BGB-37 Battalion said they received the check on Friday.
BGB sources said Shah Alam Mal, 40, of Bagha upazila was shot dead on November 9 of 2010 along the Mirganj-Shigpara border by BSF troops.
Several flag meetings were held after BGB protested the incident of killing. Later the Indian Government agreed to make compensation over the incident, BSF said.
While distributing the check, Rajshahi Sector Commander of BGB Sarkar Shamsuddin Ahmed said it is the first time ever BSF is compensating for a victim shot dead by the Indian border guards.
Most of the time, they deny after any incident of border killing in shooting incident. However, due to active diplomacy recently, they are now regretting after any shooting incident, he said.
On Saturday even, members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) beat a teenage boy, aged around 19, to death along Sadipur border in Benapole.
It could not be ascertained whether the deceased is a Bangladeshi or Indian national.
When contacted, Lt Col Matiur Rahman, commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh Battalion-26, said the BSF members beat the teen ager to death in the early hours of Saturday.
Later, they dumped the body under a bridge inside the Indian territory.
Killing of Bangladeshis have turned into a routine affairs by errant BSF members and despite assurances from top Indian politicians and even Prime Minister the killing along Bangladesh border goes on unabated.
Source: Natunbarta