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BSF jawan killed in exchange of fire

Marcus Dam

KOLKATA: A Border Security Force jawan was killed and a villager injured in intermittent exchange of fire that lasted nearly two hours between the BSF and personnel of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) across the border in West Bengal’s Malda district early on Wednesday.

Senior BSF officials have registered their protest over the alleged “unprovoked” firing by the BDR on their jawans that resulted in nearly 100 rounds of fire being exchanged between the two forces, a senior BSF official said here.

Only 15 rounds were fired by the BSF jawans in retaliation, the official added.

The incident occurred at a time when a coordination meeting between senior officials of the BSF and the BDR is being held here.

This was the second exchange of fire between the two forces across West Bengal’s border with Bangladesh within a week. Two BDR men were killed in the previous incident.

While the BSF jawan died at the spot, the injured civilian was admitted to a hospital in Malda. Residents of the villages in the vicinity of the border were advised to stay indoors following the exchange of fire.

Haroon Habib reports from Dhaka:

BDR and BSF personnel exchanged gunfire at the Chakpara border in Chapainawabganj on Wednesday, resulting in the shutting down of the Sona Masjid land port in northern Bangladesh.

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