Dhaka to reiterate concerns over border murder
BGB-BSF top level confce SundayNew Age Online
A meeting between the director generals of Bangladesh and Indian border guards will begin Sunday in the capital amid continued border killing and violence by the Border Security Force.
In the meeting, to be held at the Border Guard Bangladesh’s Peelkhana headquarters in Dhaka will vent concerns over the recent verdict on Felani killing trial and reported Indian plan of deploying unmanned aerial vehicles along the skies of Indo-Bangladesh border for surveillance, officials said.
Apart from the continued killing by the Indian BSF, the acquittal in Felani killing and UAVs deployment had triggered huge protests across Bangladesh following the Indian media report recently.
On the eve of the talks, however, BSF on Friday suddenly decided to hold ‘a revision trial’ in the Felani killing case.
The BSF had shot dead Felani from close distance on January 7, 2011, when she was crossing the border into Bangladesh over barbed-wire fences at Anantapur of Phulbari in Kurigram along with her father.
The incident and a photograph of Felani being stuck shot dead in the barbed-wire fence caused local and international outcry.
Felani was one of 214 Bangladeshis killed in the borders between January 2009 and June 2013 after the Awami League-led government had assumed office.
Even after two-years and eight-month, the General Security Forces Court of the BSF had begun trial on August 13, testified witnesses among others, the victim’s father Nur Islam but found lone accused, Constable Amiya Ghose, ‘not guilty’ and pronounced the verdict on September 5.
Apart from this, the Bangladesh side will express its concern about any murder along the border that had taken place, especially since the last DG-level meeting that was held in New Delhi in March.
BSF has killed 15 Bangladeshi citizens between March and July this year, according to rights organisation and media reports.
The meeting was earlier scheduled for August 31 but unexpectedly rescheduled to September 14.
Major General Aziz will lead a 19-member Bangladesh team while BSF director general Subhash Joshi will head a 20-member Indian team in the border talks.
The BGB delegation includes its additional director general, regional commanders, and officials of the BGB headquarters, ministries of home and foreign affairs, Department of Narcotics, National Security Intelligence, Land Records and Survey and the Joint Rivers Commission.
The BSF delegation will include senior officials of the BSF headquarters, frontier inspectors general and officials of union internal and external affair ministries.
The two sides will hold bilateral discussion on September 15, and the Indian team will go for a visit to Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong and the hill district of Bandarban between September 16 and September 17, the BGB officials said.
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