Johra bibi and Siuili bibi is still waiting for the alleged “compensation” that they had been promised months ago in lieu of not lodging an FIR for the alleged killing of his son by Border Security Force (BSF), India.
Mr Mohin Molla was shot while he was returning from his relative’s place and had reached the courtyard of his home. He was shot in the head and leg, he fell unconscious at the doorstep of his house.
Villagers rushed him off to Saraful Rural Hospital, Saraful, North 24 Paragnas but he died on the way from the bullet injuries that he sustained.
It has been alleged that BSF has offered to pay Rs 2 Lakhs each to the victim’s mother and his wife and 2 business licenses. It has been further alleged that till now they have received nothing but procrastination on part of the BSF.
Now a family of two, mother and wife of the victim, is living under abject poverty and fear with no means to sustain normal livelihood.
BSF allegedly sprayed bullets at cattle smugglers which left four villagers namely Sohag Ghazi (16), Milan Mondal (20), Sajid Sardar (13) injured and Mohin Molla dead whereas the cattle smugglers escaped unhurt on 28 January this year.
It has been further alleged that officers at Swarupnagar police station is aware of the entire incident and the involvement of the BSF in the same.
On the other hand, IPS Santosh Mehra who is the current IG of South Bengal Frontier, BSF says that although he is not aware of the incident but some deviations from the protocol do take place wherein some officers go beyond their briefs and are court marshaled when found at fault. He, further, says that a lot of people do make baseless allegations against the BSF while it tries to maintain and protect the integrity of the border.
Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Director of Human Rights Watch, says that The Border Security Force (BSF), deployed at the Bangladesh border to contain smuggling and other illegal activities, has repeatedly been accused of using indiscriminate and excessive force. BSF officials tend to protect the perpetrators, refusing to hold them to account and blocking prosecution in civilian courts, leading to a culture of impunity.