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Villager injured in BSF firing

Balurghat, Jan. 3: One person was found with bullet injuries after yesterday’s clash in Hili where a villager died during a clash with the BSF.

The Congress today called a day’s bandh in the border area where last night the BSF had opened fire to stop cattle smugglers about 25km from Balurghat town.

The trouble had started in the villages of Laskarpur and Gossainpur last night.

Today, Mofajjal Mandal, a Laskarpur resident, was found with a bullet injury in his left shoulder and taken to the district hospital. Five BSF personnel are also under treatment at the same hospital.

The BSF, police sources said, has filed a complaint against 16 people for organising the attack. They were nabbed by the BSF last night.

One person was killed and 20 people, including several BSF jawans and at least one woman police constable, were injured during clashes with the villagers yesterday.

The BSF had been tipped off about some cattle smugglers.

Yesterday, Rajen Sood, the commandant of the 96 battalion of the BSF at Hili, said as 10-12 jawans entered the two villages, a group attacked them. They allegedly assaulted jawan Durgesh Pandey and took away his rifle. The jawans left the spot and informed the BSF headquarters and Hili police. Later, a joint team of the BSF and the police went to the area.

“When the team was returning (after recovering the rifle), the cattle smugglers provoked the villagers to attack us. They attacked us with bricks and stones and torched a police vehicle,” Sood said. “We fired three rounds.”

Suleman Mondal, 30, of Laskarpur, suffered bullet injuries and was pronounced dead at the district hospital.