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Tortured for not paying 'bribe'

BSF suspends 8 jawans

Indian TV channel NDTV shows the footage of men in BSF uniform stripping and torturing an alleged Bangladeshi cow smuggler in Murshidabad of West Bengal close to the Bangladesh border. Image: Tv Grab

Indian Border Security Force yesterday suspended eight jawans after a video clip was aired on some Indian TV channels, including NDTV, showing a Bangladeshi being beaten up by some BSF members in Murshidabad district, Paschimbanga.

The nearly five-minute video footage, whose source and authenticity could not be ascertained immediately, showed that the victim was pushed to the ground with his hands and legs tied while three to four men in BSF uniform stripped and tortured him. The Bangladeshi man was tortured as he allegedly refused to pay them a bribe.

The suspension order came from the BSF headquarters in late evening.

The personnel suspended were identified by the BSF headquarters here as constables Virender Tiwari, VS Victor, Dhananjay Kumar, Anand Singh, Amar Jyoti, Sanjeev Kumar, Suresh Chand and Sunil Kumar.

"The eight personnel have been identified and suspended pending inquiry," said Vikas Chandra, deputy inspector general (DIG) at the BSF headquarters here.

"A news video clipping showing violent and illegal conduct by three-four men in uniform in the area of Murshidabad has been taken note of by BSF headquarters. A detailed staff court-of-inquiry has been ordered to fix responsibility and take action under BSF act and rules for this misconduct," BSF spokesman T Acharya said.

He said the commandant of 105 battalion to which the suspended personnel belong had been sent to visit the spot and ascertain full details of the incident.

According to reports, the victim in the video was suspected to be a Bangladeshi national who smuggled cows along Indo-Bangladesh border.

"The prima facie finding is that some BSF personnel were indeed involved," Ravi Kumar Ponoth, BSF's inspector-general for South Bengal, was quoted by the NDTV website as saying.

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This is a tactics by BSF to stop cattle smuggling. Do not use the words alleged Bangladeshi national. He indeed was a Bangladeshi national. Hope smuggling will reduce now due to fear.

: Muntasir Mamun

Again BSF has shown their barbaric attitude to Bangladeshi. Now let's see how our PM & FM will react regarding this issue? Because present govt always treat India as their most favorable partner. We are condemning such heinous activities from BSF.

: Shibli


  • Anonymous
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 03:20 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    Please verify from the Canadian government. It is not my version.

  • Saleh-Rahim Ahmed
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 05:30 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    The world now can see why and how so many Bangladeshis are dying in border. We want to see how Bangladesh Government reacts.

  • Zahid Hasan
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 08:20 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    Title name should flash out the actual scenery of the BSF in the newspaper.

  • Dr Islam
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 09:09 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    BSF acted in self defense.

  • Azim
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 09:39 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    After all Indian media came up with the issue which ou r government has been reluctant to dare.

  • Rafiq
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 10:21 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    PM should talk with Indian PM about this topic immediately and accused BSF personnel should be punished.

  • Lenin H Chow
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 10:48 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    This is the symbol of friendship with AL govt.

  • RCH
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 11:26 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    We should give handheld video devices along the borders so that we can capture evidences of BSF brutality. Only proves will stop the Indians as they want to project themselves as a benevolent democratic power in the international media.

  • Kazi Mostafizur Rahman
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:40 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    What is the statement of our govt? Is they also say that India is our friend? We should be aware of some Indian agents in our country.

  • Kamal Mozumder
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:53 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    This is the common scenario of torturing Bangladeshi nationals by BSF. Is this respecting human rights? We are waiting to see the reaction of our Govt. We hope our FM will not react in diplomatic way.

  • Anonymous
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 01:24 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    I hope society & govt will give punishment to these violent & undisciplined BSF jawans. Punishments should be much harder than violence to maintain peace & love in society.

  • A Bangladeshi
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 01:45 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    All understood. BSF did wrong by asking bribe and then beating while he failed. My question is: why go to smuggle at the first place? Our countrymen also give beating to thieves and thugs (once again wrong). How a smuggler is different than an thief and thug? If they beat some innocent Bangladeshi then I will protest strongly otherwise I will not protest much. Basically it is self-defeating to say that BSF beats our smugglers.

  • Priyank
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 01:55 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    Why do people see just the torture? Why can't they see the immediate suspension? Was the smuggling justified?

  • S. M. Imranul Islam Rajon
    Thursday, January 19, 2012 02:22 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    It is not a new events. It has been running continuously for many years by BSF. India has promised many times to stop the killing and torture by BSF. But unfortunately, India is breaking their promise. Bangladesh also does not any effective initiative to stop this inhumanity activities. We do not know, when and who will solve this problem?





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