Tripura : BSF’s assault creates tension in border

After BSF jawans posted along Indo-Bangladesh in Kamalasagar area beat up an innocent villager accusing him of being involved in cross border activities, tension gets triggered in bordering localities around Matinagar of Sepahijala district.

According to report, the victim, identified as Sudan Mia (38), had gone beyond the wire fencing to collect grass for his cattle from his own land with permission from on duty BSF jawan. Suddenly a BSF man came and without asking anything allegedly started beating Sudan and hit him with a rifle due to which his legs and hands were severely injured.

Getting information villagers rushed to the spot and found him lying in a senseless condition but the BSF didn’t allow them to rescue Sudan. The villagers alleged that the jawans neither informed the family nor attempted to rescue him after he fainted due to their ‘torture’, which triggered serious resentment among the villagers.

The family members of Sudan alleged that some BSF officials came to the spot and had given permission to the villagers to take him away. He was shifted to Tripura Medical College hospital. Sudan Mia has been suffering from some critical ailment for a long time and the incident affected him badly, the family members claimed.

The victim’s family registered an FIR against BSF in Amtali police station; however, nobody has been arrested yet.

Meanwhile, BSF sources claimed that Sudan went out of the fencing without permission and he was found moving suspiciously with Bangladeshi people. The BSF also said that they have already initiated enquiry into the allegations and if the jawan on duty was found guilty due action will be taken against him.

“We are at the border to safeguard the interest of the people living within the Indian Territory but if our people get involved in illegal activities and BSF fails to prevent such attempts, it would be the failure of the jawans,” said a senior BSF officials adding that there have been a clear cut instruction to jawans posted in the border not to do anything which would inconvenience the citizens.

The residents living in the bordering areas mostly in Sepahijala district have been complaining against the BSF since lockdown had been clamped following Covid pandemic. The BSF didn’t allow the people living in zero line to cross over the fence inside. A few hundred people in the stretch outside wire fencing had been left with inadequate food, water and other amenities for long time.

Over 9000 Indian residents living on the no-man’s land, between the border of India and Bangladesh, had faced a serious crisis after they were stuck outside the wire fencing for almost a month following lockdown in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

The BSF has become strict to their entry inside India, as border gates were put under lock and key while Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) did not allow them to proceed in Bangladesh villages for getting essential items apprehending the spread of coronavirus though there was no barricade.