While performing duty in the security of Indian farmers on the international border, two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were attacked by Bangladeshi miscreants and villagers and suffered severe injuries.
BSF has asked for a flag meeting and has brought up the issue with Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB). In a statement, BSF informed that the incident took place in the area of Border Out Post Nirmalchar, 35 Battalion under the Berhampore Sector of Bengal Frontier.
According to Indian farmers’ complaints, Bangladeshi farmers enter Indian farmers’ fields to graze their cattle and deliberately damage their crops. To ensure the safety of the Indian farmers, the BSF jawans had temporarily set up a post near the border.
When Bangladeshi farmers attempted to bring their cattle to the fields of Indian Farmers on February 26, BSF jawans from Border Out Post Nirmalchar were on duty at the border.
Immediately, more than a hundred Bangladeshi villagers and miscreants entered the Indian side and began attacking the jawans with sticks and other sharp-edged weapons (Dahs).
“Two jawans were seriously injured in the attack. The miscreants fled to Bangladesh after snatching their weapons,” the statement reads.
Other BSF Jawans arrived at the site of the incidents as soon as they were informed of the situation, and the injured jawans were immediately evacuated to the nearest hospital for treatment.
The BSF officials immediately informed the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) officials about the incident and asked them to organise a flag meeting so that the weapons of the jawans could be recovered from the Bangladeshi miscreants and the repetition of the incident could be prevented.
There have been numerous instances in the past where Bangladeshis forcedly grazed their cattle on Indian land while Bangladeshi farmers ruined the crops of Indian farmers. The BGB has been notified about these incidents, but no concrete action has been taken to stop such incidents.
At Police Station Ranitala, BSF has filed a FIR against the unidentified Bangladeshi attackers.
A spokesperson from South Bengal Frontier, informed about the incident, said that when smugglers and people with criminal intent do not get success in their illegal activities across the border, they attack the jawans.
“BSF jawans have been attacked several times in the past by miscreants and their accomplices in a planned manner, but still, the jawans do not let their plans succeed. The area of Nirmalchar is very difficult, and despite the lack of facilities, the BSF jawans are guarding the border day and night. Indian Farmers have been complaining about the theft and damage of their crop by BD villagers and this time BSF has set a forward post to protect them while working in their field,” said a spokesperson.