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India’s Border Security Force (BSF) tortured to death a Bangladeshi man in Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh yesterday.

The deceased is Oliar Rahman, 42, of Mandulpara village under Bhajanpur union.

BGB Bhajanpur company commander and the victim’s family members said a team of BSF of India’s Balabari border outpost picked up Oliar from the Zero Line (no man’s land) on Sunday and dragged him into the Indian territory.

They tied him up with a rope, hanged him from a tree and beat him mercilessly with a stick, leaving him unconscious.

BSF later handed him over to Chopra Police Station. Police admitted him to Islampur Hospital where he died last noon.

After receiving a written complaint from Oliar’s family, the BGB company commander sent a letter to Balabari BSF asking them to sit across the table in a flag meeting to discuss the matter.

Panchagarh 18 BGB Battalion Commander Lt Col Zakir Hossain admitted the incident.

BSF did not return the body until filing of the report at 8:40pm.

Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi cattle trader, Shafiqul Islam, of Sharsha upazila ini Jessore was beaten and injured allegedly by BSF personnel of its Angrail camp at Putkhali border Tuesday night.

The victim said he entered India to bring his cattle Tuesday night. BSF jawans of Angrail camp caught him after a hot chase, took him to their camp and beat him mercilessly. Later, they left him in the border area.

Source: The Daily Star (26/4/2012)