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Restrain BSF : Momen To India


Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said Indian Border Security Force should be cautious and use non-lethal weapons while guarding the border with Bangladesh, according to a report of The Hindu.

The minister told media in Dhaka that Bangladesh has identified the areas where people have died in firing from the border guards and Dhaka is planning to station more forces at those hot spots to prevent casualties, said the report published today.

“The BSF needs to be more careful while enforcing law in the border areas. They can arrest and bring our citizens to us if they are found violating law but killing our nationals is not welcome,” Momen said, urging Indian authorities to act according to bilateral understanding.

The comment came in response to the reported lynching of three citizens of Bangladesh in Indian state Assam’s Karimganj on Sunday.

Police in Karimganj have alleged that the three had come to steal cattle.

“There is no need for us to bring cattle from elsewhere. We have enough cattle of our own,” the report quoted Momen as saying.

The BSF has taken a tough stance on containing cattle smuggling which spikes annually ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, he said.

Though the incident in Karimganj is being investigated, officials in Dhaka urged the border guards of India and the common people to treat Bangladesh nationals according to agreed principles, the report said.

“We have identified the border areas where our people have been killed in the recent past. We have conducted an internal discussion about how to prevent such incidents. This is a very small part of the border and we are considering deploying more forces in such areas to avoid the frequent tragedies,” Momen said.

Courtesy – The Daily Star

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