In a troubling incident along the Indo-Bangla border, accusations have surfaced that the Border Security Force (BSF) allegedly manhandling a doctor from the veterinary department. The incident took place at Lakroh area on Sunday, sparking concerns over the potential misuse of power by BSF personnel.
Dr. Seiboklang Buam, incharge of Veterinary Dispensary in Muktapur, narrated the events leading up to the altercation. According to Dr. Buam, two BSF personnel intercepted him in the afternoon, while he was en route for fishing along the Muktapur-Jaliakhola road near Lakroh, under the Hawai Tilla BOP. Allegedly, the BSF accused Dr. Buam of trespassing into Indian territory.
Dr. Buam asserted his track record of cooperation with the BSF, stating that he has consistently assisted them during incidents in the area. However, tensions escalated as he claims to have been unjustly labelled as an intruder. The doctor reported engaging in a verbal exchange with the BSF, asked them to fulfill their duties and intercept a cow being smuggled into Bangladesh.
Amidst the confrontation, Dr. Buam said that he attempted to document the incident by recording video footage with his mobile phone. However, he asserts that the BSF personnel forcibly confiscated his device, further escalating the situation.
The situation took a disturbing turn when Dr. Buam claims the BSF personnel threatened him with severe consequences, including taking him to the zero point and shoot him. Shockingly, he alleges that they demanded him to strip off his clothing and beg for forgiveness by bending down to their feet.
Local residents, witnessing the altercation, intervened to express their discontented with the behaviour of the BSF personnel. They condemned the alleged act of taking the law into their own hands and manhandling a citizen.
The incident sparked outrage in Muktapur, prompting calls for action. In response, the BSF plans to meet local authorities to prevent further tension escalation.