BDR hands over BSF constable in critically injured condition

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Silliguri, Nov 18 (UNI) BSF constable R P Singh was today handed over by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in critical condition after he sustained serious injuries in Mailaguri village on the Indo-Bangladesh border yesterday.

Deputy Commandant, BSF-North Bengal Frontier, Manoj Kumar Sony here said the constable was posted at Nayabari Outpost in North Dinajpur district to perform routine ambush-cum-patrolling duty on the Indo-Bangladesh border on November 16.

During the night other constables posted on the border heard the sound of gunshots in Mailaguri village in Bangladesh. The next morning they found that R P Singh, along with his ammunition, was missing from his place.

Later, it was confirmed by the BDR sector commander of Rangpur that the said BSF constable was in the custody of the BDR.

The BDR alleged that the BSF constable had crossed the border and killed three Bangladeshi nationals. He was then beaten up by the villagers, sustaining serious injuries, and later admitted to Kadamtala hospital in Bangladesh.

A bilateral meeting between the BSF and BDR was held yesterday and the constable was released and admitted to BSF hospital.

''A departmental enquiry will be conducted to know the details on why the constable entered Bangladesh,'' Mr Sony added.

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