BSF soldier killed, another injured in fire exchange with BGB

Staff Correspondent
17 October 2019, Thu
Published: 09:45

BSF soldier killed, another injured in fire exchange with BGB

A Indian Border Security Force (BSF) member was killed and another injured during an exchange of fire with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Char Paikmari, border in Rajshahi district over detention of an Indian fisherman for illegal fishing in Bangladesh waters.

Indian media news that identified the late BSF member as BSF, 117 Battalion Head Constable Vijay Bhan Singh, who got shot in the head, and the injured as Constable Rajvir Yadav, who has sustained bullet injury on his arm.

Later, after the incident, a flag meeting was held at the border to calm the situation, and public relation officer of BGB Shariful said to media that an inquiry committee would be formed to investigate the exchange of gunfire between the two friendly neighboring border forces.

A BGB sources told that a BGB team confronted three Indian fishermen who were illegally fishing in Bangladesh waters on the River Padma with BSF approval. One fisherman was detained by the BGB while the two others managed to flee and called in nearby BSF Forces. Shortly, a 6-member BSF team led by post commander of the 117th battalion arrived at Char Paikmari on a motor-boat. 

Sources also said that once on the island, the BSF team began hurling abuse at the BGB for making the arrest and created a warm environment.

As the BGB members protested such behavior, the BSF members became angry and opened fire, prompting the Bangladesh border guards (BGB) to return fire in defense, and then, the BSF men retreated and returned to post on their boat, with 1 member dead, and 1 injured in the firefight, said a BGB sources.