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3 women hurt in BSF firing

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By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT in Agartala
  • Published 23.07.08
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Agartala, July 22: Three women were injured in BSF firing in Sonamura subdivision of West Tripura district last night.

Police sources said three jawans of the BSF’s 19th battalion had gone to the house of a suspected smuggler, Shahid Mia, 49, in Durgapur village along the Bangladesh border at 6.30pm to conduct a search.

Mia’s wife Ashia Khatun, 39, however, refused to let them in saying that her husband was not home.

The jawans lost their temper soon and one of them opened fire. A bullet hit Ashia in the abdomen. Her daughter, Sophia Khatun, 16, then tried to resist the jawans and was hit on the shoulder. Hearing the noise, their neighbour, 23-year-old Supriya Khatun, entered the house and was also hit by a bullet.

The firing brought the villagers rushing to the spot. They threw stones at the jawans who sustained minor injuries even as they fled the area.

On hearing of the incident, Sonamura police went to the area and brought the situation under control.

Quoting villagers, sources said the jawans tried to force their way into Shahid Mia’s hut. They allegedly kicked the girls and hit them with rifle butts after firing on them.

Denying the allegations, BSF sources said Shahid Mia was a “notorious smuggler” of the area and the jawans had gone to peacefully conduct a search operation.

“This entire village is infested with smugglers. That is why they always resist search operations,” a BSF source said, adding that the jawans were forcibly prevented from doing their duty.

The BSF sources also said the people in the bordering areas of Sonamura have always stood in the way of barbed wire fencing so that “smuggling can go on uninterrupted”.