- Home Minister and BGB officials have described the incident as "unexpected and an accident."
- The BSF said a "border guard was killed and another critically injured in firing by Bangladeshi border troops along the riverine border."
- Many have raised questions about the firing on the border.
An investigation has been launched from a high-level Bangladesh Border Guard on Friday, one day after an Indian border guard was killed in a shootout between the BGB and India’s Border Security Force (BSF). The shooting took place in the Padma River, in Bangladesh’s Rajshahi border. Officials say people across the border on the Padma River have been given the message that they have no reason to panic.
Home Minister and BGB officials have described the incident as “unexpected and an accident.” However, the question arises as to how such an event could happen, even after the joint patrols between the border guards of the two countries with different arrangements for joint management. The BSF said a “border guard was killed and another critically injured in firing by Bangladeshi border troops along the riverine border.”
Analysts also questioned whether these were management failures. Border Guard Bangladesh or a BGB high-level investigation team visited the spot in the Charghat area of Rajshahi. BGB investigators also spoke to ordinary people living in the border area along the Padma River.
BGB officials said the two sides have begun investigating separately because the border guards of the two countries are making two statements about how the incident happened. They said that if the problem is identified after the investigation, it will be resolved through high-level discussions on both sides.
Noor Khan Leighton, a human rights activist, works on border management. He told journalists that such incidents were occurring because of coordinated actions between the border guards of the two countries. “There is a deficit in the bilateral arrangements. That is why there are shootings or torture at the border.”
Meetings at the Director-General level of the BGB and BSF are now held twice a year. If there is a problem, it is resolved through a flag meeting between the two parties. Joint patrols and information exchanges at the border are also effective. Now the relationship between the two sides is said to be much better than ever before.
Still, many have raised questions about the firing on the border. But Lt. Colonel Ferdous Mahmud, commander of the BGB Rajshahi, described the incident of gunfire focusing on fishing in Padmavati. He claimed that the steps of the two forces did not fail. “This kind of thing doesn’t happen regularly. It’s an accident. In my opinion, no such thing has happened in the last era.”
BGB officials said they were alert on the Rajshahi border— but the situation was normal. They mentioned that the message was being given to the residents on the banks of the Padma river so as not to panic. Administration officials have discussed this with the border people. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Bangladesh believes that the events of Rajshahi will not have any negative impact on the two countries.