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Farmer killed, blame on Bangladesh guards

Raiganj: A farmer residing in a village located beyond the fences at the India-Bangladesh border in South Dinajpur district was shot dead allegedly by the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) on Wednesday night.

Another farmer, Amjad Alam, of the same locality has also sustained a bullet injury in his left leg in the alleged firing by the BGB and is under treatment at the Balurghat district hospital.

Alam said: "We are farmers and residents of Gobindapur village located beyond the fences. In our village, we hire pump-set jointly for irrigating our fields and use it in turns. On Wednesday night, I and Asadul Mondal - who died in the firing - had gone to the field to start the pump-set for watering our plots. Suddenly, a bullet was shot from the Bangladesh side and hit my left leg. Mondal received the bullet on his chest."

"As I raised an alert, the on duty Border Security Force personnel brought us to the hospital," Alam added.

Mondal was declared brought-dead at the hospital.

The incident has escalated tension at the border. Though the BSF officers are tight-lipped, sources said they have planned to hold a flag meeting with the BGB on the issue.

"We have conducted investigation and learnt that the gun shots were fired by the BGB without any provocation. The dead and the injured are Indian residents and live in the bordering village," said Sanjoy Mukherjee, inspector-in-charge of Hili police station.

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