BSF tortures Bangladeshi tourist ‘brutally’ at Petrapole

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A Bangladeshi tourist was allegedly tortured cruelly by Indian Border Security Force members after outward immigration before sending her back to Bangladesh, a Border Guard Bangladesh official said. She was tortured so brutally that she lost consciousness and was aided to enter into Bangladesh on a rickshaw-van, local people said. It was not known why such an unusual incident took place at a vital immigration port of Benapole (Petrapole in India) as BSF has no business with any passport and visa holding tourist. It is immigration police and customs of both the countries who are involved in the immigration and taxation process, Bangladesh’s immigration officials said. An immigration police officer-in-charge in Bangladesh Aslam Khan said BSF did an illegal thing by torturing her as they are not supposed to encounter her. Witnesses said BSF men asked her some questions at the no-man’s-land after completion of her immigration at the Indian side. At one point the BSF took her to their base camp forcibly where SI Surendranath Singha of BSF of Petrapole tortured her. Bangladesh’s commanding officer of 26, BGB, posted on the frontier, Lieutenant Colonel Jahangir Hossain said they have strongly protested such an event and demanded for holding a flag meeting to discuss the matter. The victim Hasua Begum, 34, wife of Jamal Sheikh of Chansra Dalmill in Jessore has been admitted to Jessore Medical College and Hospital. Tanu Begum, younger sister of the victim said she received her sister in an unconscious state. A customs official who does not want to disclose his name told New Age that the BSF tortured the Bangladeshi citizen and sent her to Bangladesh without any treatment.

Source: New Age