BSF compensates Habib
A BSF man got demotion, another one month imprisonmentNew Age Online
Border Security Force of India Tuesday morning paid 50,000 Indian rupees in compensation to Habibur Rahman for assaulting him physically some two years ago.
Eight BSF guards were also suspended as a YouTube video exposed a stripped Habib was being assaulted, BGB sources and news reports said.
BSF’s 130 battalion commander of Katlamari camp Johor Ronaldo handed over the money to Habib in a programme at Khanpur frontier under Paba upazila of Rajshahi district.
While speaking at the programme Ronaldo said one of the BSF members has been sentenced to 28-day in prison, while another has been demoted from his post and others acquitted of the charge.
Commanding officer of Border Guard battalion-37 Nazim Khan led the 20-member Bangladesh delegation, while the Indian delegation was led by Johor Ronaldo.
Nazim told the media that the compensation proved that the BSF had behaved incorrectly which he termed as the ‘victory of Bangladesh.’
BSF insisted that that such incident would not happen again in future.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India on July 8, 2013 had asked BSF to pay the compensation to the victim in this connection.
On December 9, 2011, eight armed uniform members of BSF’s 105th battalion tortured Habibur Rahman, 22, a Bangladeshi cattle trafficker, in Murshidabad district, which was reportedly captured in a video by a BSF soldier.
The footage was posted on YouTube and telecasted by the Indian news channel NDTV.
The video shows BSF men stripping him, tying him up and beating him, laughing and engaging in verbal abuse.
The victim was hailed from Aatrashia village under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district.
After releasing the video to local news channels, the BSF suspended eight soldiers – Sandip Kumar, Dhananjay Roy, Sunil Kumar Yadav, Suresh Chandra, Anand Kumar, Victor, Amarjyoti, and Virendra Tiwari – and ordered an inquiry, said a news release of Human Rights Watch.
It was reported by different media that BSF guards had wanted money and mobile phone from Habib as a bribe and let him go back to Bangladesh. As he declined to comply, the BSF guards started beating him.
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