The incident on 18 October 2019 ‘After the flag meeting, the Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) shot at the Border Security Force (BSF) and one Jawan were killed in it.’

Originally, Indian fishermen entered the Bangladesh border to hunt his during the breeding season in the Padma, so the BGB detained the fishermen on patrol. There has also been a flag meeting. The flag meeting was held as a result of official consent between the two border guards of the two countries. The BSF claimed that a BSF Jawan was killed when the BGB opened fire. The BGB claimed that no such incident had taken place.

The Director General of the Border Security Force of the two countries has spoken about this issue. The Ministry of Home Affairs of Bangladesh also issued a statement.

India’s top news outlets including NDTV, Times of India, Anandabazar, EI shomoy have made headlines. Indian Citizens have made various comments about Bangladesh through social media. This news has been spread very finely by the Bangladeshi media.

However, it is not neutral. It is a matter of wondering how friendly or humane the media of the two countries. I have also read the reports of the international media, including the media of the two countries in this regard issue.

Almost every day we read in the local and international media about the killing of Bangladeshis at the Indian border. Very tragic event. It is clear to everyone how much the border killings are affecting the relations between Bangladesh and India.

All diplomatic relations analysts expect that the issue will not affect the relationship as a whole. It is frustrating to kill every day in violation of international law and human rights law. But the solution is very important.

About 4100 km of Indo-Bangla border. The border is extremely complex, which has not yet been resolved. On April 15, 16, 18, and 19, 2001, there was an exchange of fire on the Bangladesh-India border, in which 16 BSF members were killed and two BSF members were detained by the BDR (BGB). At that time 3 members of BGB were also killed in the firing of BSF.

Although the solution to the border issue is still not complete, the solution to the problem is visible as a result of the enclave exchange.

In 2011, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claimed that “25% of the people in Bangladesh are supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami and they are deeply anti-India.” This created an embarrassing situation for the two countries, although it did not go far enough.

After the loss of the Congress majority, the formation of the BJP government had a different idea in the intelligentsia of Bangladesh.

However, Modi’s government has maintained relations with Bangladesh much better than other countries. However, the issue of border killings has always been a priority in political and military meetings, and both governments are committed to stopping border killings. But why border killings are on the rise and urgent solutions are needed.

Just as the Indian media defend Indian nationalism by covering the Indo-Bangla border overkilling , so does the media in Bangladesh. As a result, accurate human rights theories and information are not being developed among the people of both countries.

Professor Imtiaz Ahmed, an international relations, analyst in Bangladesh, said, ‘Why are Indian intellectuals silent on this issue? “I have spoken to Indian intellectuals, journalists and Indo-Bangla relations analysts to find out the answer. They claim that the BGB is doing injustice to the people of their country and the BSF.” But no one is actually in favour of killing the border.

I asked, everyone born human has the right to live a Secure life. People have to be humane. We are training the soldiers only to train weapons and kill people, but human rights? Isn’t it necessary to train in international law? Even if there is agreement on the answer, but how much discussion or criticism will help stop border killings? So I read a report in the Turkish news agency Anadolu where the Kolkata statement was completely media-focused. The more they are not confessing to the murder, the more they are protesting against the behaviour of the BGB. On the other hand, the behaviour of the Bangladeshi media is also the same.

Now most of the time at the border, smugglers do business across the border by evading regular patrol soldiers. In this way, the killings take place as a result of the constitutional guidelines of the two countries.

Bangladeshis, Indians are being killed, Indian analysts claim BSF and Indian civilians are also being killed more. The smugglers, or BGB, is beating and injuring the BSF, again the BGB claims that the BSF carried out surprise attacks, took away Bangladeshi citizens, kill them and disappear their bodies. BSF has questioned human rights in the whole world.

The economic market that develops along the border indirectly benefits the two countries people Unofficially. I have had the opportunity to visit and observe two borders of Bangladesh. One thing I have seen in this regard is the ‘unprotected Bangladesh border’. ‘Indo-Bangla’ and ‘Bangladesh-Burma border’, the responsibility of the Ministry of Home Affairs on the two borders can be criticized. Although the border of Bangladesh is marked, there are barbed wire in very few places. In this way, the idea of ​​borders among the common people seems to end up to the Indian barbed wire border. It is very important to change it. It is also important to identify No-man’s land with barbed wire.

The killing of the Indo-Bangla border cannot be expected in any way. Because there is no possibility of any kind of proxy war on the border of these two countries. Even then, border killings have risen at an alarming rate, with international media claiming that the BSF is killing Bangladeshi citizens.

The Bangladeshi non-governmental human rights group ‘Ain O Salish Kendra’ gives statement based on reports from various top dailies in Bangladesh that the number of killings in the border had risen to 25 in the first six months of 2020. ‘Which is more than 2019 and 2018. It tripled in 2019 compared to 2018.

On the other hand, Indo-Bangla relations, analyst Gautam Lahiri claims that 2 Indian nationals were killed this year. In 2019, 12 Indians were killed in the Indo-Bangla border. This year, 16 BSF members were seriously injured. In 2019, one BSF member was killed and 83 BSF members were seriously injured. He further claimed that India does not blame the BGB.

18 July, Twelve people have been stuck at the zero point of the Bangladesh-India border for six days.

The BGB-BSF flag meeting did not resolve the issue. It is important that the border behaviour of the two friendly states is more humane. The BSF and the BGB need to be more aware of international law and human rights law. It is important to build a natural relationship between the people of the two countries, not just officially. Because we are culturally, Historically one pot.

Tanbirul Miraj Ripon (Bangladesh)


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