461 and Counting...
As many as 461 Bangladeshis were killed inside the Bangladesh territory by armed Indian hoodlums and members of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the last six years from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2005, according to a report by Odhikar, a human rights organization in Bangladesh. One Bangladeshi was killed every five days in an average. The report, which was prepared on the basis of compilation of reports from national dailies, said Indian criminals and members of the BSF violated human rights in a total of 1838 incidents from 1 January, 2000 to 12 March, 2005.
The incidents - include murder, abduction and mugging - reportedly took place in the north and southwestern border areas, following intrusion of the BSF and Indian criminals into Bangladesh. According to Odhikar report, most of the victims were local peasants, farmers and agricultural workers.
During the same span of time, 51 people including 8 children went missing, 519 people were injured, 493 arrested, 540 abducted and five women were raped, while 52 incidents of snatching and looting occurred – all allegedly by members of the BSF and Indian hoodlums they allowed to enter into Bangladesh territory.
In the year 2005 from 1 January to 31 December 104 people were killed, 66 were injured, 26 were abducted and 14 were missing, 3 women were rapped, and 4 incidents of snatching were happened.
Seventy-six people were killed by BSF and Indian miscreants from 1 January, 2004 to 31 December 2004. During same period, 35 people were injured, 9 were arrested and 73 were abducted while 5 incidents of snatching took place by BSF.
BSF and Indian citizens were responsible for 43 deaths, 82 injuries, 120 abductions, 7 missing, two rapes of Bangladeshis and 8 incidents of snatching in the year 2003.
One hundred and five people were killed by BSF and Indian miscreants from 1 January, to 31 December 2002. During the same period, 54 people were injured, 30 people including 8 children went missing, 366 were arrested and 118 were abducted while 12 incidents of snatching took place by BSF.
BSF killed 94 Bangladeshis in the year 2001. In their hands, 244 people got injured, 60 people were arrested, 45 people were abducted and one person was raped. Ten incidents of snatching took place during the same period.
During the year 2000, 39 Bangladeshis were killed, 38 were injured, 11 were arrested, 106 were abducted and two women were raped by BSF and Indian miscreants. Thirteen incidents of snatching also took place in border areas during the same period.
The gravest situation developed in the border areas during push-in attempts of BSF. Bangla speaking minority Indian citizens were brought in from various provinces of India by BSF in the Indo-Bangladesh border. Branding them as illegal Bangladeshis, BSF tried to push these people inside Bangladesh territory through various parts of the border areas. This has created tense and inhuman situation. Among these groups, majority were female and children whom BSF positioned in front of push-in groups as shield against resistance from Bangladesh border force BDR. Push-in attempts were made at the dead of night, early morning and in cold weather. The fate less Indian people caught stranded in the no-man's land in between weapons of border security forces of two neighboring countries without food and water for long time. In most of the instances, BDR pushed these people back into Indian territory but they were not allowed to move from border areas by Indian BSF. Most of these people belong to low-income group and were forced to live in inhuman condition in border areas. Odhikar thinks that attempt of push-in of Bangla speaking Indian citizens might cause large-scale border conflict anytime between the two neighboring countries.
Odhikar demands proper international investigation and trial of alleged killing, abduction and rape of Bangladeshi citizens by the Indian BSF. Odhikar also demands investigation of push-in attempts by Indian BSF and trial of persons responsible. Odhikar appeals to international human rights community to campaign against misdeeds and push-in of Indian citizens by BSF.
The dead bodies of two Bangladeshi youths, who were allegedly killed by the Indian Border Security Force on Sunday, were handed over to the Bangladesh Rifles Monday afternoon.
According to BDR and local union parishad chairman, the BSF formally handed over the dead bodies of Kaysar and Haris Ali at about 3.50pm.The handing over took place near Muraichhera BDR camp adjacent to the border demarcation pillar no 1843 under Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar.
Commander of Arjun Company of BSF and other BSF officials took part in the handing over of the bodies to the commander of Murachhera BDR camp and other BDR officials.The chairman of Pritimpasha Union Council, Nobab Ali Noki Khan, Officer-in-Charge of Kulaura police station, family members of the victims and local people were present during the hand-over.
After flag meeting between the BDR and the BSF it was decided that the dead bodies of Kaysar and Haris would be handed over to Bangladesh on Tuesday morning but the BSF changed the schedule and they brought the dead bodies at 3:50pm.
Kaysar and Haris Ali of Ganakiya village under Pritimpasha union of Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar were allegedly shot dead on Sunday evening while they were collecting bamboo and cane from the forest near Indian border.