Agartala, Aug. 13: A BSF jawan’s service rifle was snatched away by a group of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) jawans this morning.
The rifle was, however, returned by the BGB after a flag meeting this afternoon.
Though BSF officials avoided speaking to the media through the day, superintendent of police (Sipahijala district), R.S. Das said a BSF jawan belonging to the 29th Battalion and posted at Dhanpur border outpost under Sonamura sub-division was on duty near the zero line in Tarapukur close to the border pillar no. 2088.
At about 6.15 this morning, the jawan whose name was not revealed, saw a Bangladeshi national trying to sneak into Indian territory with smuggled goods.
“While trying to catch the man, the BSF constable gave chase and entered Bangladesh territory close to Munshiganj market. Soon he was encircled by a group of BGB jawans posted at the border outpost in the neighbouring country. The Bangladesh jawans tried to catch him but the BSF constable managed to run back to the Indian side. However, his service rifle was snatched away by the BGB jawans,” Das said.
He added the area commander of BSF at Sonamura called a flag meeting with the BGB counterparts, which took place around 3.30 this afternoon. In the course of the meeting, BGB officers handed back the snatched rifle to their Indian counterparts, the police officer said.
No BSF officer was available to comment on the matter.