Cattle smuggling main cause of border killings: BGB chief

Cattle smuggling main cause of border killings: BGB chief

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Dhaka-Cattle smuggling is the main reason behind the border killings and 95 per cent killings occurs due to this, said Director General of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Major General Aziz Ahmed.“Curbing border related problems including killings could not be possible if cattle smuggling through the Bangladesh-India border cannot be resisted. If this could be stopped then the border killings will effectively come down,” he said at a press conference at Pilkhana BGB headquarters in the city.
The press conference was held over the outcome of the 43rd BGB-BSF DG level Border Conference held in New Delhi from September 30 to October 5.
“Border killings can be stopped, if we can stop the cattle smuggling,” he said.
The BGB DG said the Border Security Force (BSF) of India should take effective measures to stop cattle smuggling to come down the border killings at zero level.
“The BSF should take special responsibility to stop border killings at Indo-Bangla border as most of it happens due to cattle smuggling, which arrive from the interior of India,” he added.
He informed that a total of 26 Bangladeshi nationals were killed in border areas this year as of September and 22 of them were killed by the BSF.
He alleged that when BSF shoots at Bangladeshis on the excuse of self defense but their bullets hit them mostly in the head, stomach and chest, which ultimately kills them.
On the other hand, he said, when we shoot even with lethal weapons, the number of death is less, because we target below the waist.
So, they should shoot below the waist when they are defending themselves, he observed.
He however said that the two countries reached a mutual agreement for stopping the border killings.
Replying to a question, the BGB chief said they had provided a list of over 1,200 criminal suspects attack to BSF so that they could either arrest or hand them over to the BGB. The criminals include two militants involved in the August 21 grenade and others, he said.
On another question on yaba smuggling from India, he said they requested the BSF to look into whether the drugs were originating in there or elsewhere.
The BSF authorities assured us of taking steps in this regard as the smugglers use border routes for its smuggling.
He said other issues related to drug and arms smuggling also came up for discussions during the in the five-day conference.
The BGB boss said fake currency, smuggling of phensydol, handing over prisoners, separatists activities, women and children trafficking, border barbed-wired fence, crossing nomans land by BSF also came in the discussion.
He put emphasized on the need to find out the masterminds behind the cattle smuggling to stop it.
A 22-member delegation led by the BGB DG took part in the conference while a 25-member BSF team led its DG AK Sharma led the Indian side.-STAFF REPORTER

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