Bangladeshi teen shot dead at Dinajpur border, BSF claims “self defence”

A Bangladeshi teenager has been shot dead and another injured, reportedly by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), near the border in Sadar upazila of Dinajpur, authorities said today (September 8, 2022).

The deceased was identified as Minar, 17, son of Jahangir Hossain of Askorpurup union.

The incident occurred along Dainur border in the upazila last night (September 7, 2022), said Khanpur Union Parishad Chairman Abu Bakar Siddique.

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Locals said they heard two to three rounds of gunshots around 10 pm.

They found the bullet-hit body in the Haripur Teliapara area of the border this morning, said the UP chairman.

The injured Bangladeshi and the body of the teenager are currently under BSF's custody, according to the locals.

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Meanwhile, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and BSF are expected to hold a flag meeting today over the incident, according to BSF.

Yesterday, a BSF patrol team was performing duties in AOR of BOP Hariharpur 174 Bn RGJ.

At about 9:05 pm, they observed about 9-10 Bangladeshi “smugglers” approaching the fence to receive some consignment, BSF added.

The patrol team challenged them to stop but the “smugglers” tried to encircle one of the BSF jawans, it claimed.

On observing the jawan being surrounded, his colleague threw a stun grenade to disperse the “smugglers” but they did not pay heed and closed in more tightly, BSF said.

On seeing the aggression of the “smugglers”, the jawan fired one round of PAG in the air, but they kept closing in, it said.

To deescalate the situation, the jawan again fired another round of PAG towards the “smugglers”.

Despite several warnings, the “smugglers” apparently tried to capture the jawan and his weapon.

The jawan fired in self defence when the “smugglers” tried to grab his rifle and the bullet directly hit the man who was holding his rifle. He died on the spot, according to BSF.

On hearing the sound of firing and seeing their associate getting hit, the other “smugglers” escaped towards the Bangladesh side, it said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh