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SOURCE: AFI

In a concerning development at the Indo-Bangladesh border, a group of Bangladeshi miscreants allegedly attacked a Border Security Force (BSF) constable, snatching his weapon and radio in the Kalamchera area of Sonamura Sub-division. The incident, which underscores the ongoing challenges faced by border security personnel, has prompted a strong response from both Indian and Bangladeshi authorities.

According to the BSF, Constable Bhole was performing operational duty at the Indo-Bangladesh Border Fence Gate No. 196, located near the Border Outpost Kalamchera of the 150 Battalion BSF. His primary responsibility was to operate the fence gate, a critical task in maintaining the integrity of the border.

At approximately 1:30 PM, a large group of Bangladeshi miscreants illegally crossed the International Border (IB) and gathered near the fencing gate. Their intention was clear: to smuggle sugar across the border. The group began to hurl abusive language and provocative gestures at Constable Bhole, attempting to incite a reaction.

In an effort to disperse the miscreants and prevent the smuggling attempt, Constable Bhole moved ahead of the fence through the gate. However, the situation quickly escalated. The miscreants surrounded and assaulted him, attempting to drag him towards the Bangladeshi side of the border. In the ensuing scuffle, they managed to snatch his personal weapon and radio set.

Despite being grievously injured by bamboo sticks and iron rods, Constable Bhole managed to escape the clutches of his assailants. His injuries, however, underscore the severe risk and physical danger faced by BSF personnel stationed along the border.

In response to the incident, a commandant-level flag meeting was convened with the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), the counterpart to the BSF. During the meeting, a strong protest was lodged by the BSF regarding the attack. Demonstrating a commitment to maintaining bilateral relations and peace along the border, the BGB handed back the snatched weapon and radio set to the BSF.

The BSF remains steadfast in its commitment to maintaining peace and tranquility along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Incidents like the one at Kalamchera highlight the complex and often dangerous nature of border security operations. However, the BSF’s collaborative efforts with the BGB are crucial in addressing such challenges and ensuring the safety and security of the border areas.