Bangladeshi criminals attack BSF jawan, civilian at Amdoh

Shillong, Jan 8: Bangladeshi criminals continued their attacks on Indian villagers on Wednesday which left one BSF personnel and a civilian injured.

The incident occured at Amdoh under Rongtila BOP of the BSF near Rongkum village along the India-Bangladesh border in West Jaiñtia Hills District at around 12.30 AM.

The fresh attacks happened within a week after the same Bangladesh gang had attacked the villagers from Lamin village last week when they returned from a marriage party.

According to police, one SBBL gun and weapons of the BSF personnel were snatched by the Bangladeshi attackers.

Superintendent of Police Lakador Syiem informed that a group of around 10-15 Bangladeshi nationals came to the house of one Pratap Bareh of Amdoh village near Rongtilla border out-post (BOP), 5 kilometers away from Dawki and looted cash, mobils and 1 SBBL gun. The incident took place at around 12 am.

“In defense he (Bareh) had shot one round at the intruders before the gun was snatched from him,” Syiem said. Bareh was beaten up before he was attacked with a sharp weapon. He said on receiving information at around 3 am, immediately the officer in-charge of Dawki police station rushed to the area with the police party.

The SP further informed that another group of Bangladesh nationals also gheraoed and assaulted two BSF personnel near Rongtila BOP even as they snatched away their weapons. As a result, one of the BSF personnel was injured in the incident, he said.

Later, the weapons snatched from the BSF personnel were recovered after conducting a search in the jungle area nearby, he said.

Both injured persons were taken to Dawki PHC for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, the SP informed that the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Eastern Range) Meghalaya has visited Dawki and the places of occurrence to take stock of the situation following the two incidents and supervise the law and order arrangements in the presence of DC, SP, SDO, SDPO and officers of the BSF.

Interestingly a statement issued by the BSF did not mention anything about its injured jawan.

Instead the statement claimed to have foiled the attempt of the Bangladeshi nationals to intrude into Indian territory, despite the fact that the Bangladeshi dacoits had managed to enter India and attacked the BSF and the villager.

When the BSF party reached Amdoh village, the Bangladeshi criminals had already escaped to Bangladesh.

The statement also said that a flag meeting between the BSF and Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) was held on Wednesday. The BSF has lodged a strong protest while seeking the assistance of the BGB to nab the culprits.

The BSF said that BGB officers had visited the place of occurrence and later confirmed that they had identified the culprits and appropriate action as per law of the land will be taken against them.

Earlier on January 4, two persons from Lamin village were critically injured after they were attacked by Bangladeshi robbers along the Dawki-Nongtalang road.

According to the BSF officials, in the past, other people were attacked by the same Bangladeshi gang.

Meanwhile, BSF has intensified its vigil along the international border to curb any illegal infiltration of Bangladeshi criminals.

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