Republic TV's Consulting Editor Strategic Affairs Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) chastised the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) for carrying out an unprovoked attack on the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) on Thursday, October 17. The firing occurred along the international borders between both the countries in West Bengal.
Calling for stricter actions to be taken as repercussions, the retired Major claimed that cases such as this should not happen along the line of control (LoC) and that the Indian BSF has been handling situations like this far too passively, a defensive posture is not the solution and is not acceptable.
Major Arya (Retd.) stated that the incident was not an isolated one and there have been several occasions where the BGB have resorted to unprovoked violence leading to the tragic death of many Indian soldiers. He opined, "if they shoot one of us, we should shoot 10 of theirs (soldiers)". Refusing to label it an "unfortunate" incident, the retired Major pointed out that the Jawans were tricked into going there. He said, "they were ambushed, called for a flag meeting and they shot him in the head". He further added that strong action must be taken and Bangladesh should be taught a lesson.
Major Arya (Retd.) recounted an incident from seven years ago and stated he saw a picture of a BSF Jawan who was martyred. "He was killed by the BGB and his body was brought back tied to a pole; they carried him like he was an animal", he exclaimed. These types of violent incidents are not new, Major Arya added and called them an aggressor that needs to be dealt with in the right manner.
The incident which has created a widespread furore across the country was kicked off at the border post of the BSF in Murshidabad district on Thursday morning when a force party approached BGB personnel to resolve an issue linked to Indian fishermen who were detained by the BGB.
The BGB personnel had reportedly held three fishermen who went fishing in River Padma near the border area. But two fishermen were later let go to call the BSF for a flag meeting and to rescue the remaining person who was still with the BGB. This led to the BSF post Commander of the 117th Battalion, who went there along with 5 troopers to resolve the issue and retrieve the remaining fisherman. However, it was reported by sources close to the BSF that the troops were cordoned off by the BGB; seeing the aggressive approach from the Bangladeshi guards the BSF troops promptly tried to make a return, which was when the BGB troops opened fire on the returning BSF party.
It has been confirmed now that the Head Constable Vijay Bhan Singh received bullet injuries on his head and the Constable/crew(boatman) received bullet injuries on his right hand. Both injured BSF personnel were evacuated to the nearest medical facility. However, Head Constable Vijay Bhan Singh succumbed to injuries and was declared brought dead. The injured Constable has been taken to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital in Behrampore.