1 killed in BSF firing along Indo-Bangla border

One civilian was killed and another including three Border Security Force personnel were injured in a mob clash and firing by BSF troopers along the India-Bangladesh international border area N C Nagar border outpost in Sonamura subdivision.  

Police identified the deceased as Saheed Miah and the injured as Kabil Miah. The incident occurred on Wednesday last at around 9.30 pm after a group of suspected smugglers along the unfenced border area in Sonamura engaged to a scuffle with the on duty BSF troopers. Following this the BSF troopers opened fire to disperse the violent mob, where one was killed and another civilian was injured.

Both Saheed Miah and another Kabil Miah were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Both had critical bullet injuries. They were later taken to the Melagarh hospital, where Saheed Miah succumbed to the injuries, whereas Kabil was shifted to the GBP Hospital in Agartala for better treatment.

Meanwhile, the BSF in its press statement said, “On 03rd April, 2024 at about 2130 hrs, around 30 to 40 Indian smugglers violating the curfew imposed in border area, tried to smuggle contraband items from India to Bangladesh in the area of Nutanbari, Village – Durgapur, PS – Sonamura. When BSF troops challenged them, the mob gheraoed and started shouting MARO SALO KO.”

“Mob further tried to snatch the weapons from troops on duty, vandalized BSF duty point, damaged surveillance equipments and attacked BSF personnel with Dah and other sharp edged deadly weapons, causing grievous injury to 03 BSF Jawans,” the statement reads.

It further stated, “One unknown miscreant tried to hit one of the constable head with Dah but hit him on the back as he could evade the attack which resulted in deep cut on his back and chest in addition to injuries on face and neck. Sensing imminent danger to life and threat to Govt property, BSF troops fired in self-defense to disperse the violent mob. The situation was defused with timely re-enforcement of BSF troops and Police from PS Sonamura.”

“The incident took place in the unfenced area of Sonamura area which is notorious for smuggling of contraband and other items, infiltration and attack on BSF personnel,” it stated. 

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