Another Bangladeshi civilian shot dead by Indian border guards

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Another Bangladeshi civilian was shot dead in northern district Lalmonirhat by Indian border security forces (BSF). This early Thursday incident took place in Shamshernagar border of Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat district.

According to local police, the diseased is 20-year old Mizanur Rahman son of Nasimuddin Bhuttu of Munglibari area under Burimari union.

Bangladeshi border guard (BGB) battalion-61 commander Subedar Sultan Hossain said, Mizanur Rahman and other cattle traders went near to Indian border to bring Indian cow. A BSF patrol team opened fire on them and Mizanur Rahman sustained bullet injuries. He was rushed to Patgram Upazila Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

According to Hindu faith cow is a holy animal and they worship it. But according to the Muslim faith, it’s ok to eat cows and it’s a cheaper source of animal protein for the poor. There is a demand for Indian cow in the Bangladeshi cattle market. So poor cattle traders risk their lives to earn much-needed money. On the other hand, Hindu fundamentalists think it is their holy duty to save cows, they even kill them who possess cow meat. Many analysts have been pressing the Indian government to legalize cross border cattle trade to save civilian lives. But it seems they are not willing to do so.

Strategic war of influencing smaller economies of south Asia has taken a new dimension. India’s relation with neighboring Pakistan and China have never been warm. Other friendly nations Including Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan have challenged Indian hegemony in recent months. Only Bangladesh has been with India. But India-Bangladesh land border has been made the deadliest border by Indian border guards which has fueled anger over Indian hegemony among Bangladeshis.

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Shihab Uddin Ahmed

Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a master’s degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on

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