BSF men assaults local woman: Panchayat Pradhan

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Bangaon, Dec 18 (UNI) BSF men, posted at Kaliyani on Indo-Bangla border in North 24 Parganas, allegedly assaulted a local woman here today.

The woman was later released from the troops' camp here when village Panchayat chief Santosh Das intervened.

The Panchayat Pradhan alleged the 30-year-old widow was dragged out of her home by the jawans and taken to the Kaliyani camp this morning and beaten up under the pretext that the woman was involved in smuggling in the border area.

BSF authorities have, however, refuted the allegation that the woman was assaulted. A BSF official at the camp stated that they had taken her to the camp to warn her against carrying out smuggling in the area.

The woman was believed to be the widow of Biru Mondal, a noted smuggler of the area, who was killed a few years back by some miscreants in gang rivalry.

Incidentally, BSF, guarding the border under Gaighata police station, had tried to stop the menace, while a number of smugglers from Bangladesh and India were shot down during the last one month.

However, locals mostly those who were involved in smuggling had recently been expressing their resentment by resorting to agitation against BSF, BSF officials said here.

On the other hand, BSF men at Amudia under Swarupnagar police station had allegedly rampaged the homes of a number of villagers near the border three days back wounding several people, including children and women. The injured were admitted to Sanrapol health Centre.

While local police started investigation on the basis of the allegations made by the victims, BSF said the villagers, involved in smuggling had cut the barbed wire fencing installed along the border to make it a free zone for them, the charge of which the villagers refuted saying that the Bangladeshi smugglers might have committed the offence.

UNI

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