Indian border forces warn BDR against ‘unprovoked’ firing

Himalayan News Service

Guwahati, April 18:

Indian paramilitary forces will be “forced to take strong action” against Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) if its personnel do not stop indulging in adventurism along the international border, officials today said. The warning follows heavy firing by BDR troopers on an Indian Border Security Force (BSF) post in the northeastern state of Tripura over the weekend in which a senior BSF officer was killed and three seriously wounded. “We have so far been exercising maximum restraint but will be forced to take strong action against such criminal activities,”

Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary, BSF director general, told journalists in Assam’s main city of Guwahati.

The border firing last Saturday that lasted for close to five hours took place even as Mooshahary was holding a high-level meeting with his BDR counterpart in Dhaka. “An Indian national was forcibly dragged to the other side by some Bangladeshi nationals backed by BDR soldiers. When a BSF sentry tried to intervene, he was fired upon,” the BSF chief said. “When senior BSF officials led by an assistant commandant tried to defuse the situation, they were attacked with sharp weapons and the BDR later shot dead our team leader.” A flag meeting between senior BSF and BDR officials is scheduled for Monday in Tripura with the situation in the border said to be tense after the heavy exchange of gunfire.