India soldier acquitted in Bangladesh girl’s death

September 6, 2013

KOLKATA, India (AP) A court in eastern India has acquitted an Indian paramilitary soldier who was charged with the 2011 killing of a teenage Bangladeshi girl along the border between the countries.

Killings of illegal migrants are common along the porous India-Bangladesh border, but this was the first time an Indian border guard had been put on trial for such a killing. India says most of the people killed along the border are smugglers.

A court in West Bengal state said Thursday that border guard Amiya Ghosh was not guilty of shooting the 15-year-old girl as she crossed into Bangladesh from the Indian side in January 2011.

The two countries are often at odds over issues involving their nearly 4,000-kilometer (2,500-mile) border. Bangladesh accuses Indian troops of using extreme violence along the border.

Source: The New Zealand Herald