India defends border killings
Indo-Bangla talks conclude
Indian home secretary RK Singh on Tuesday termed 'deaths' the killing of Bangladesh nationals by the Border Security Force saying that such incidents took place when BSF jawans came under attack from smugglers.
'It is not correct that border killing is on rise. Don't call them killing…These are deaths,' RK Singh said in response to reporters' questions after the two-day home secretary level talks in Dhaka.
He said that the incidents of border killing had come down significantly this year. 'Six Bangladeshis died on the border this year while the number was 11 last year…The number of BSF jawans being injured in one and half years by smugglers is 400,' said the Indian home secretary who led an 11-member delegation to the 13th Bangladesh-India home secretary level meeting that concluded in the city on Tuesday evening.
The Indian side on several occasions earlier assured Bangladesh that they would show 'zero tolerance' to the killing of unarmed civilians in the frontiers.
'We have strongly demanded that the border firing and such other incidents must be stopped. We have informed our counterpart of the recent incidents,' said Bangladesh home secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed, who led a 14-member team to the bilateral talks at a city hotel.
He said that India had assured them that the land boundary agreement between the two countries would be ratified in the next parliament session and the draft amendment to the constitution necessary for the ratification was ready for approval.
Once the Indira-Mujib land boundary agreement of 1974 was ratified, Mustaq said, all long pending border-related issues, including exchange of enclaves, border demarcation and the lands in adverse possessions would be settled.
During January and September, 2012, some 28 Bangladesh nationals were killed and 70 injured in firing by BSF, according to Dhaka-based rights organisation Odhikar. Furthermore, in the last nine months, 53 Bangladeshis were abducted allegedly by the BSF, said an Odhikar report.
At least 1,026 Bangladeshis were killed, 1,063 injured, 999 abducted and 23 raped allegedly by the Indian BSF and their nationals between January 1, 2000 and June 30, 2012, according to the report.
Indian home minister P Chidambaram in July, 2011 assured his counterpart in Dhaka that clear instructions had been given to the BSF not to fire on unarmed people even if they were found making attempts to cross the border from either side.
Although both sides agreed that utmost restraints would be exercised to avoid human casualties along the border, rights watchdogs reported that a trigger-happy BSF continued killing unarmed Bangladeshi civilians.Asked about the inquiry into the killing of Bangladeshi minor girl Felani, the Indian home secretary said the inquiries were continuing. He, however, said Felani was an innocent victim as she had just attempted to cross the border.
Felani Khatun was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force on the Fulbari border under Kurigram district on January 7 in 2011.Both sides reiterated their commitment to act against elements inimical to both the countries, said a joint statement. They also agreed to take measures for repatriation of released prisoners and victims of trafficking.
The home secretary-level meeting was followed by the 12th Bangladesh-India Joint Working Group meeting on Monday which discussed ways for execution of the security-related treaties between the two countries.
The home secretaries and their teams visited international border outposts at Akhaura and Agartala to review the state of infrastructure, including construction of integrated check posts on the Indian side for trade and transit along the Bangladesh-India border.
The home secretaries discussed implementation of the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Agreement on Combating Organised Crime and Illegal Drug Trafficking signed during the visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to Delhi in January, 2010.
RK Singh handed over a letter from the home minister of India to his counterpart inviting him to visit India. India assured Bangladesh of relaxing the visa regime so that Bangladesh citizens, particularly patients, willing to visit India got visas for an extended period of one year to five years, according to the officials.
Both sides agreed to extend cooperation for apprehension of wanted criminals and fugitives and in this regard Bangladesh home secretary once again called for tracking down, arrest and handover of the killers of Bangladesh's founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said the joint statement.
3 farmers shot by Indian BSF along C'nawabganj border
Lieutenant Colonel Monjurul Alam of BGB Battalion-9 said the BSF troops of Naoda camp opened fire on a group of Bangladeshi farmers while they were working on their field at about 7am.
http://www.amardeshonline.com/pages/details/2012/10/08/167670On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM, Isha Khan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:BSF killed 28 Bangladeshis in 9 months: Odhikar
On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 3:41 PM, Isha Khan <email@example.com> wrote:BSF atrocities:
BSF yet to finish Felani death probe:
The Border Security Force of India is yet to complete inquiry into the killing of Felani, a minor girl killed by BSF along the Kurigram border in January last year."The court of inquiry is still recording depositions ... final action will take place shortly," said BSF Director General UK Bansal at a joint press briefing after DG level talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart in Dhaka. Felani, 15, was shot dead by BSF personnel on Jan 7 when she was returning to Bangladesh with her father.
Bangladeshi dies of BSF torture:
A Bangladeshi cattle trader tortured to death by BSF near the Shingnagar frontier of Shibganj upazila. A patrol team of BSF jawans caught Hannan when he was entering Indian territory to collect cattle.The BSF personnel took him to their Doulatpur camp and beat him up, leaving him seriously injured.Locals rescued from the zero line and rushed him to Shibganj Upazila Health Complex. He died in the afternoon.http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=41279