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Bangladeshi attack in Meghalaya village embarrasses BSF

Bangladeshi attack in Meghalaya village embarrasses BSF

Author: Newmai News Network
Publication: The Assam Tribune
Date: February 12, 2008
URL: http://www.assamtribune.com/scripts/details.asp?id=feb1208\ne3

The killing of a villager by suspected Bangladeshi marauders in Lumjyrmi village under the Bholaganj sector of the Indo-Bangladesh border has put the BSF in an embarrassing situation.

The BSF has been reiterating that border patrolling has been enhanced, but the Saturday incident in Bholaganj, about 80 kms from Shillong, where a villager was stabbed to death and another seriously injured has put a question mark on the BSF claims.

The decased has been identified as B Nongbri while the others injured include his wife and brother-in-law.

The police refused to confirm or deny the Bangladeshi intrusion three kms inside the Indian territory, yet the statement given by the injured categorically mentioned that it was a 40-50 odd Bangladeshis who intruded and committed the crime. The duo also stated before the police that the Bangladeshis decamped with money and property after committing the crime.

The Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills district AR Mawthoh told NNN today, "We are trying to ascertain the statement where Bangladeshis are reported to have intruded as far as two kms inside the Indian territory."

Many villagers particularly in the Nongjri-Nongshken areas are forced to hire armed gunmen to protect the betel nuts and other plantations.

Then, it was attributed to porosity of the border and shortage of manpower in the Indian frontier guards.

However, the BSF officials stated that it is impossible for the Bangladeshis to enter and retreat from as far as three kms from the international border. A BSF DIG told NNN that they are trying to inquire into the matter.

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