Friday, April 29, 2005

BANGLADESH: Clashes on our borders

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It seems rather incongruous that a group of intruders would be 'requested' to go back into their own territory instead of being arrested for trespass. Even more odd is the fact that this body of troops (could not have been more than four or five) had themselves "well entrenched in a premeditated plan and defence," well inside Indian territory, shot and killed the assistant commandant of the BSF, and carried his body and also that of another injured person (an injured Indian national was also recovered about 400 yards inside Bangladesh territory) from 'well within Indian territory,' into Bangladesh, and all this under the eyes of the BSF in broad daylight. Given the nature of terrain, the Indian High Commission's statement, "From the marks on the ground, the spot enquiry established that assistant commandant Jeevan Kumar and constable K. K. Surendran were dragged inside Bangladesh territory and attacked by the BDR, resulting in the death of the assistant commandant," appears far-fetched.

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