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Tuesday 18 February 2020

Bangladesh hopes BSF jawan’s killing won’t affect relations with India

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that while he is confident that outstanding issues would be resolved in a flag meeting, he would talk to his Indian counterpart Amit Shah if the need arose

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has expressed confidence that the incident of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) killing a BSF jawan will not affect the bilateral relations between the two countries. He said that if needed, he would talk to his counterpart Amit Shah to “calm the situation”.

Khan said that on Thursday, the fisherman caught in the waters of Bangladesh will be released as per rules. He said, “Due to a misunderstanding among the security forces, the head constable of Border Security Force (BSF) Vijay Bhan Singh lost his life.

“Steps have been taken to ensure that such incidents do not happen in future and, if needed, I will talk to Amit Shah to calm the situation,” Khan said.

A jawan of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGP) had fired from an AK-47 during a flag meeting along the border with West Bengal in which Vijay Bhan Singh was killed and his colleague Rajvir Yadav was injured.

BSF said in a statement that the incident took place at 9 AM along the international border passing through the Murshidabad district.


Border Guards Bangladesh firing kills BSF jawan; 1 injured

Describing the incident as “unfortunate” over the phone from Dhaka, Khan said that the Director Generals of the security forces of the two countries should ideally sit together and resolve it. He said that the two countries had cordial relations and this applied also to BSF and BGB.

Khan said, “An unfortunate incident happened, but I hope the director-generals of the two forces will sit together and settle the matter.”

When was asked about the fisherman of India in the custody of Bangladesh, Khan said, “He will be released. When the fishermen inadvertently enter the territories of one another, they are released during the flag meeting as per the procedure.”

Khan said further that this incident would not affect the meeting of director-generals of the security forces held twice a year. This meeting is going to be held in New Delhi later this year.

The Bangladeshi minister reiterated, “As far as I know, the meeting between BGB and BSF will be held before the deadline. If needed, I will talk to (Indian Home Minister) Amit Shah to resolve the matter. We believe that such problems should be resolved in the flag meetings.”

The previous director-general-level talks were held in Dhaka in June this year.

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