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AFP
October 18, 2019

BD border guards shoot dead Indian soldier

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AFP
October 18, 2019

KOLKATA: An Indian paramilitary guard was killed and another critically wounded after a “firing by Bangladeshi troops” at a border river on Thursday, Indian security forces said, the first deadly incident between the nations in recent times.

Six Indian border guards had taken a boat to an island on Padma River near a border post in West Bengal state on Thursday to meet with their Bangladeshi counterparts to secure the release a detained fishermen, officials said. The man was one of three fishermen believed to have sailed into Bangladeshi waters to fish for Hilsa, a popular fish in regional cuisine. Bangladesh border guards detained the trio early Thursday, but two of them were released “soon after,” a senior Indian Border Security Force (BSF) official told AFP. The pair told the Indian border guards of their detention, which led to the border incident — and the Bangladeshi guards opening fire. “An Indian border guard was killed and another critically injured in firing by Bangladeshi border troops along the riverine border,” the official said. “The Indian border guard died in the boat. The BSF named the maritime officer as Head Constable Vijay Bhan Singh.

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