Bangladesh asks BSF to use alternatives to firearms

Bangladesh asked the Indian border guards to use alternatives to firearms to avoid deaths of innocent Bangladeshi people as a key conference of top officials of BSF and BDR started.

Dhaka: Bangladesh on Thursday asked the Indian
border guards to use alternatives to firearms to avoid deaths
of innocent Bangladeshi people as a key conference of top
officials of BSF and BDR started on Thursday.

Home Minister Shahara Khatun made the call in a
meeting with Raman Shrivastava, chief of the Border Security
Force (BSF), at her office, home secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder
told reporters after the meeting.

In reply, the BSF chief assured her to consider
alternatives to bullets.

"We are considering whether something else can be used
instead of bullets," Shrivastava said.

Sikder said the BSF authorities were also requested to
ensure that no member of the Khashia community or other Indian
nationals move along the border with arms.

Meanwhile, the BSF also asked Bangladesh to stop the
movement of people along the border at night.

Both India and Bangladesh have frequently accused each
other of firing on civilians from across the border.

BSF has said it has often been forced to resort to
firing along the porous border to ward off criminals and
infiltrators including terrorists, especially during the night
time who seek to cross into India.

A rights group on Tuesday said some 875 Bangladeshi
nationals were shot dead allegedly by Indian Border Security
Force (BSF) along Bangladesh-India border from January 2000 to
August 31 this year.

PTI

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