DHAKA, April 17 (Xinhuanet) -- At least three
Bangladeshis including a girl were killed in a fierce encounter between Indian
Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) along Bangladeshi
eastern border on Saturday.
According to the Daily Star on
Sunday, BDR forces encountered its Indian counterpart BSF at Akhaura upazila
(sub-district) bordering the Indian state Tripura on Saturday afternoon. The
border guards of the two neighboring countries exchanged fire and both sides
used sophisticated firearms during the shootout.
Thousands of locals of Bangladeshi villagers have
fled their homes fearing further gunfight, according to local administration and
The BDR and BSF reinforced their positions along the
border following the clash. The two sides later sat in a short meeting
onSaturday night and agreed to a ceasefire.
This is the second crossfire this year between the
two border forces. They traded heavy gunfire at northwestern Singimari frontier
over the construction of barbed-wire fences by the Indians on March 9, 2005.
Meanwhile, the director general-level border talks
between BDR and BSF ended on Saturday in Dhaka, reported the Daily Star.
Meeting sources revealed shifting from its stance on
April 13, the first day of the conference, the Indian side expressed its
determination to continue with barbed-wire border fencing.
BSF's Director General RS Mooshahary told the media
after the first day's talks that they would use diplomatic channels to resolve
the conflicts over fencing in areas where religious or educational institutions
are located within 150 yards of the zero-line.
Mooshahary, however, was quoted as saying on Saturday
that BSF will just inform BDR where there is a compulsion -- within 150 yards of
the zero-line, but the barbed-wire fencing process will continue. He said BSF
also will keep the diplomatic channels open,but did not elaborate.
BDR Director General Major General Jahangir Alam
Chowdhury saidthe Bangladeshi side has not changed its position and will
continue protesting against construction of barbed-wire fences in any area
within 150 yards of the zero-line, since it is a violation of the 1974 agreement
between the two countries.
About the conference, the BSF chief said both sides
developed greater understanding and that it would help them remove the existing
irritants between the two forces, adding the BDR's approach at the meeting was
constructive and positive towards maintaining peace and harmony and for border
The next round of BDR-BSF talks will take place in
Delhi at sometime in September or early October. Enditem