3 villagers killed in ‘BGB firing’ in Thakurgaon

Three people were killed and at least five others injured as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members opened fire on villagers on Haripur border in Thakurgaon today, locals claimed.

However, BGB officials are yet to confirm the incident.

Locals identified the deceased as Nabab, 35, and Sadek, 45, Joynal, 14, of Ruhia village in Haripur upazila, our Thakurgaon correspondent reports quoting police.

Of them, Joynal is an examinee of Secondary School Certificate (SSC), said Amirul Islam, officer-in-charge of Haripur Police station.

The problem ensued around 11:30am when BGB men, numbering eight to 10, were taking away four cattle from one Habibur Rahman at Bohorrompur village suspecting that the cows were smuggled from India, Abdul Quddus, an eye witness, told our correspondent.

Hearing the news, locals from the both villages intercepted the BGB members and locked into an altercation with them, he said.

Joynal died when he was being taken to Dinajpur Sadar Hospital, Quddus added.

At one stage, BGB opened fire on the villagers, leaving two people dead on the spot and at least five others injured, the witness added.

Contacted, Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commanding officer of BGB battalion-50, told The Daily Star, “We heard BGB men opened fire when locals attacked with sharp weapon the team members, who were returning with the seized cattle. Two people died in the incident”.





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