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Drunk BSF soldier killed 3 villagers, alleges Bangladesh

November 17, 2008 15:37 IST

Bangladesh authorities on Monday claimed that an apparently drunk Border Security Force personnel killed three Bangladeshi villagers, after intruding into the northwestern part of its frontier.

"It was an unfortunate incident, but not a planned attack by BSF," BDR's operations director Colonel Anisur Rahman said in Dhaka.

The officer claimed the villagers at frontier Panchagargh district eventually captured the soldier and handed him over to BDR authorities.

"We have asked for a sector commander level flag meeting with the BSF later today as the injured BSF man has been sent to the Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment," Rahman said.

A police official in Panchagargh said the soldier intruded in Bangladesh territory at about 10 pm on Sunday. When local villagers chased after him, he retaliated by opening fire, in which an eight-year old boy was killed.

"He then killed a 30-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man and injured another fellow villager while he was trying to
retreat," the officer said.

While confirming that a BSF jawan was being held by BDR personnel, a BSF official in New Delhi [Images] refused to lend credence to reports that the soldier had killed anybody.

"We are making efforts to seek his repatriation," the official said.

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