After a BSF Jawan was killed and another was injured in firing after the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) opened fire on them following a flat meeting on Thursday, Brigadier Prabir Sanyal said that the Indian forces have a very cordial relationship with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and that he does not view this incident as any kind of provocation from the Bangladeshi side. While speaking to Republic TV, he also said that it is a very sad incident and expressed hope that the officials from both sides would soon call for another flag meeting to resolve the issue. Brigadier Sanyal stressed that the relationship between India and Bangladesh was 'very very good'.
Brigadier Sanyal while speaking to Republic TV said, "We have had a very cordial relationship with the Bangladesh Border people, so I don't view it as a provocation by the Bangladesh Border Guard. This is a very sad incident and I am sure that they are going to have a flag meeting and resolve the issue. I did not look at it as a major international flare-up between India and Bangladesh. We have got excellent relations with the Bangladesh government and I am sure that they will sit together and resolve the issue."
"As I said, it is a very sad incident, and yes when an incident like this happens contacts are established immediately and what happens is that the message goes up the hierarchy, as to who is the officer on the opposite side, who is to take a rational and a logical decision. That I feel is the process going around in Bangladesh, they are trying to figure it out as to how it happened and things like that and then maybe they will come up with the response sooner or later and I am sure there is going to be response from them and I will not be surprised if they convey their regrets over this incident. It is an unfortunate incident which has happened and I am quite sure that the relation between Bangladesh and Indian BSF is very very good," he added.
The incident took place in the water channel of River Padma near Boundary Pillar 75/7-S where around 10:30 am on Thursday, BSF Post Commander along with 5 troopers in the BSF boat, approached BGB patrol for the flag meeting called. The Flag meeting was called after two fishermen out of the three detained by the BGB on Thursday were released to call the meeting. At the meet, the Border Guard Bangladesh contingent did not release the third Indian fisherman and instead tried to cordon the BSF convoy. After sensing the situation worsening, the BSF party returned immediately and the BGP troops fired upon them injuring one constable and killing one.