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India, Bangladesh exchange fire

M Chhaya in Kolkata | August 19, 2005 13:29 IST
Last Updated: August 19, 2005 21:49 IST

Indian and Bangladeshi border guards engaged in a heavy exchange of gunfire on Friday as both sides tried to stop each other from carrying on work on building river embankments.

"There has been firing from both sides since morning. They (Bangladesh) were carrying out construction work near the border breaking international rules," Border Security Force Deputy Inspector General OP Gaur said.

There was no report of any injury on either side.

Early on Friday, hundreds of construction workers and Bangladeshi soldiers began building a concrete embankment along the Mahananda River that flows into Bangladesh from India.

The BSF had objected to this work before, but Bangladeshi authorities went ahead with the construction, prompting the BSF to open fire first.

Shortly after, Bangladesh Rifles retaliated.

Gaur said the BDR was objecting to a similar project a fence India had built inside its territory to stop the river from eroding away.

"They don't allow our legal construction but go ahead with their own illegal activities."

Tension was palpable along the border post, some 350 km north of Kolkata.

Both sides had called in huge reinforcements and intermittent gunfire was still being heard.

Indian authorities were temporarily evacuating border villages to avoid casualties.

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In 1971, it was because of India that Bangladesh has got its independence. Even today, ridden by evils like corruption, lethargy and almost incompetent political ...

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The present government in Bangladesh should reflect on the abundance of their resources and future prospects as an Independent country. They should not allow any ...

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India must understand the need of hour.Bangladesh is presenly in grip of fundamentalists with an ideology of Taliban .They are playing in hands of those ...


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India liberated these guys from rape and plunder. They turn back and fire on India. They sell their soul to religion-an ungrateful and untrust worthy ...

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now even Banglas are firing us.kill them now or pray God to save INDIA

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