Urges New Delhi to order probe, prevent such incidents

Bangladesh has lodged a strong protest with the Indian authorities condemning the killings of three Bangladeshis by the Border Security Force (BSF) on December 17.

However, some reports said four Bangladeshis were killed and two of them cattle traders.

Dhaka expressed disappointment that such killings took place despite firm assurances at the highest level. It urged Delhi to conduct an inquiry into the incident and take steps to prevent recurrence.

According to reports, BSF personnel of the Narayanganj camp in Coochbehar district killed Alamgir Hossain, 25, at Garakmandal near the international pillar 930 on Saturday. However, it is still unconfirmed whether he was trying to cross the border.

Local commander of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) post in Shimulbari sent a letter to the BSF protesting the killing and demanding the return of the body.

The same day in northern Dinajpur, Matiar Rahman and Tajul Islam were killed in BSF firing. The BSF allegedly fired shots targeting a group of Bangladeshi villagers when they tried to cross the border, said BGB officials. The bodies were taken possession of by the Indian personnel.

Major Tareque Iftekhar, acting commander of 40 Border Guard Battalion, said a protest was lodged at the battalion level.

On Friday near the western Meherpur border, BSF personnel allegedly shot Naharul Islam dead. They handed over the body to the local police station.

BGB battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel Hamiduzzaman said BSF authorities had been asked to return the body.

Rights bodies said the BSF killed at least 30 people, injured 58 and abducted 20 along the frontier this year. They claimed that BSF killed at least 33 Bangladeshis and injured 67 others last year. In July this year, Home Minister P. Chidambaram assured Bangladesh that their border guards would not shoot any unarmed civilian under any circumstances.

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