By Shafiqul Islam Jibon
Indian brutality on Bangladeshi people crossed the limit. Now it is clear they are not friend of Bangladesh any more. Now they are another enemy like Pakistan of Bangladesh. Recent killing Bangladeshi innocent people at the border, building dam on Bangladeshi rivers and their brutal activities have surprised the Bangladeshi people.
A recent video of torturing Bangladeshi people by Indian force, have made a storm all over the world. After circulating the video, Indian authority is now trying to hide their shame by suspending eight of their border guards. Indian border guards have suspended those men after a video, showing a Bangladeshi man being stripped, kicked and beaten by them, which was aired Wednesday on some Indian TV channels.
A five-minutes video was first shown by Indian channel NDTV. It shown that three to four people donning BSF-style dark green fatigues stripping and then beating a lungi-clad man, his hands tied behind his back in the incident that reportedly took place on Dec 9.
Ravi Kumar Ponoth, BSF's inspector-general for South Bengal, told NDTV that at first sight it seemed that some BSF personnel were indeed involved and that the Indian border was investigating the incident in the Kaharparha check post near Murshidabad border in West Bengal.
In his first reaction, however, he had told India's Daily News and Analysis that it was unlikely the video had been shot by BSF personnel using a mobile phone, because his men are prohibited from using mobile phones when on duty.
Villagers told NDTV that the video was intentionally shot by the BSF troopers and distributed among the people to instil fear among them.
Another theory on how the video came to light is that a cyber cafe owner downloaded the footage from a BSF man's cellphone when he visited the cafe to download music.
In 2010, human rights group Odhikar and Human Rights Watch reported that the BSF had killed some 1,000 Bangladeshis over the last decade.
The most shocking thing was a killing a 15 year innocent girl by BSF troops on Jan 7 last year, while she was returning to Bangladesh with her father. The body was snapped dangling on a barbed fence, causing uproar.
However, Indian government expressed regret and sympathy and requested Bangladesh to motivate people to follow the legal routes in crossing the border. In a two-day home secretary-level meeting, India also promised to ease tension on the borders and stop killing of Bangladeshis.
But the border force's killings at the Bangladeshi border have been ceaseless. The last death was that of three young men on Dec 17.
The BSF, guarding the over 4,000 kilometres porous Indo-Bangla border, recently armed its troops with "non-lethal" weapons to reduce causalities and fatal injuries to Bangladeshi nationals attempting to cross over into this country.