BSF soldier killed in firing by Bangladesh border guards at flag meeting

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A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier was killed and another injured on Thursday after Border Guards of Bangladesh fired on them at a flag meeting along the riverine international border in West Bengal, officials said.

The incident took place at the international border at Bengal’s Murshidabad district.

The injured soldier is currently undergoing treatment at Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital.

The deceased has been identified as head constable Vijay Bhan Singh. 

According to the BSF statement, three Indian fishermen in morning went for fishing in River Padma in the border area. Two fishermen returned and approached BSF post Kakmarichar, saying that Border Guard Bangladesh has apprehended them all and later released two of them.”

The Bangladesh Guards called a flag meeting over the issue, the security forces said.

Around 10.30 am, the meeting took place; Post Commander along with five soldiers in the BSF boat approached the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) patrol.

During the flag meeting, the BGB patrol did not release the Indian fisherman and also tried to cordon BSF troops, sources said.

Sensing the situation worsen, BSF party immediately returned. But the BGB troops opened fire on the returning BSF party.

Both the soldiers were evacuated to the nearest medical facility, where Head Constable Vijay Bhan Singh was declared brought dead.

Senior officials of the border force have reached the spot and are analysing the situation, officials said.

A probe into the incident has been issued.

The relations between the two border forces have been cordial for decades.