Another BSF affront
The methods being employed by the Border Security Forces of India, to kill unarmed Bangladeshis along the border of the two countries, appears to be getting more aggressive and heinous by the day. On Friday, a cattle trader was, at first, injured when the Indian border guards hurled a bomb at him, who later captured him and shot him dead, at the Daudpur border in Dinajpur. More shockingly, the incident took place only a few hours after Border Guard Bangladesh returned from SIliguri after a four-day border conference between the two sides, where they discussed the killing, arrest and kidnapping of unarmed Bangladeshis, allegedly by BSF as well as Indian nationals. The incident would appear to fit the pattern set in recent years, that while the Indian government officially pledges to address killings of Bangladeshis along the borders at a certain point of time, a Bangladeshi citizen is killed almost at the same juncture in time, as if to convey the irrelevance of the assurances and promises made to Bangladesh. A Bangladeshi citizen was killed when Bangladeshi prime minister met the Indian premier in February 2010, when Congress chief Sonia Gandhi came to visit Dhaka, and when Dr Manmohan Singh came to visit Dhaka.
On March of 2011, the respective BGB and BSF chiefs signed an agreement in Delhi on the use of non-lethal weapons along the nearly 4,200 kilometres stretch of border between the two countries, to give reality to pledges made by the Indian prime minister, Indian home minister and a host of other top officials, who have on so many occasions promised to stop border killings. However, 10 people have been killed and 43 injured till April this year, 33 killed last year and 74 the year before. More dangerously, while shooting of unarmed Bangladeshis continued, a new dimension has been added since the signing of the agreement, which is, that Bangladeshis are now killed by stoning, stabbing, beating, torture and a host of other medieval methods of murder. Meanwhile, on the diplomatic front, after assurances from the highest level of the Indian government, things took a roundabout turn in February this year when the BSF chief claimed border killings cannot be stopped fully, while a top member of Bangladeshi government sang to his tune and claimed that the Bangladesh government was not worried about the border situation.
While the Bangladesh government appears to have all but conceded to political and diplomatic failure on this issue, though they continue to try and further relations with India on other fronts, insults and injuries, in the form of the dangling body of Felani or the stripped and tortured body of Habibur Rahman, continue to haunt the psyche of Bangladeshis. The Bangladeshi government may very well cower under pressure, from the power of its powerful neighbour, there is no reason to think the Bangladeshi people will forget such grievous insult and injury. If the Indian government is indeed interested in creating everlasting friendly ties with the Bangladeshi people, then such aggressive and insensitive acts on the borders should be immediately stopped.
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