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BSF jawan killed, one injured in firing by Bangladeshi troops along the border in West Bengal

Vijay Bhan Singh.

Vijay Bhan Singh.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

The deceased BSF Jawan has been identified as Vijay Bhan Singh, a head constable.

A constable of the Border Security Force (BSF) has allegedly been shot and killed by personnel of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), a BSF statement claimed.

The incident took place in the bordering areas of Murshidabad district in central Bengal. The deceased has been identified as Vijay Bhan Singh, a head constable.

Neither the Director General nor the spokesperson of BGB could be reached.

The BSF statement noted that around 10.30 a.m., a team of BSF personnel reached the “water channel of river Padma near boundary pillar 75/7-S, in BSF speed boat to conduct flag meeting with BGB”. The flag meeting was convened as per procedure to diffuse tensions, which had escalated due to the detention of an Indian fisherman.

“During the flag meeting, the BGB party commander informed they can release the Indian fisherman after getting orders from their higher headquarters. The BSF Party waited for considerable time. BGB patrol did not release the Indian fisherman,” the BSF statement noted.

When the BSF party was on its way back, there was firing from the Bangladesh side, causing injury to head constable Vijay Bhan and boatman-constable Rajbir Singh.

While Vijay Bhan Singh succumbed to his injury, Rajbir Singh received bullet injuries on his right hand, the statement said. The injured constable has been taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital at the district headquarters.

Meanwhile, Y.B. Khurania, BSF IG, South Bengal, has lodged a protest with his counterpart Benzir Ahmed, Region Commander, North West Region, BGB, Rangpur Division.

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