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Tripura: Bangladeshi Smuggler Killed by BSF in Indian Territory

In a significant encounter on Sunday morning, Border Security Force (BSF) killed a Bangladeshi smuggler near the India-Bangladesh border fence, about 150 yards inside Indian territory in West Tripura.

According to a BSF statement, the incident took place at around 7:30 am when BSF personnel of Border Out Post Kalachera noticed a large group of smugglers armed with sharp-edged weapons attempting to smuggle consignment across the international border. 

The BSF statement said, "On June 9, 2024, at about 0730 hrs, BSF troops occupying the area of ​​BOP Kalachera, observed a large group of smugglers armed with sharp-edged weapons on both sides of the border fence attempting to smuggle consignment across the international border."

The smugglers ignored the warning to stop and turned aggressive, trying to Gharaoed and attack the BSF jawan on duty.  " When asked to stop, the smugglers paid no heed and turned aggressive and tried to surround the BSF jawan on duty with an intent to attack and snatch his personal weapon. Sensing imminent danger to life and government property, the BSF jawan fired 1 round of PAG in self-defence," the BSF statement read.  

Despite the use of non-lethal weapons, the smugglers continued their aggressive actions, leading to a brief scuffle. During this altercation, Constable Rajeev Kumar, realising the threat to his life and weapon, fired one round from his INSAS rifle.

 "A brief scuffle ensued during which Constable Rajeev Kumar felt his life and weapon in danger and was compelled to fire one round from his INSAS rifle. As a result, one Bangladeshi smuggler was killed near the border fence and about 150 yards inside Indian territory," the BSF said. 

Recent similar incidents The deceased was identified as Anwar Hussain, 35, a resident of Mirpur in Bangladesh's Comilla district.

Following the incident, a thorough search of the area resulted in the recovery of a large quantity of sugar, four knives and wooden planks. The BSF also highlighted a similar incident that took place in the same area on June 2, where Bangladeshi smugglers attacked a BSF constable, attempted to drag him towards Bangladesh and snatched his personal weapon and radio set. The BSF reiterated its commitment to maintaining peace and harmony along the Bangladesh border, emphasising its continued cooperation with Border Guards Bangladesh.