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It was a misunderstanding: Asad

Talks on to resolve BGB-BSF dispute

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Rajshahi BGB-1 Regional Commander Lt Col Ferdous Ziauddin Mahmud speaking at a press briefing on Thursday.

Staff Reporter  :
Terming the exchange of fire between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and India's Border Security Force (BSF) on Rajshahi border as 'unfortunate incident', Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has said.
He said the chiefs of the two forces are holding discussions to resolve the 'misunderstanding'. "The peaceful solution is in progress in order to resolve border fraught between BGB and BSF."
The Home Minister made the remark at a press briefing in regard to the accidental death of a BSF trooper at the National Press Club on Friday morning.
"This was an unfortunate event, which should not affect the cordial relationship between Bangladesh and India," he said.
He said, "We are set to identify the conflicting issues between the two forces, and design peaceful solution to restore the friendly bonding between them."
The incident took place 650 yards inside Bangladesh territory in Balughat's Shahariaghat area of Baral River under Charghat upazila in Rajshahi, according to a BGB press release.
Replying to a query, the minister said a 22-day long ban has been imposed on hilsa fishing across Bangladesh to stop the fishermen from catching mother hilsa, which will continue till October 30.
On Thursday, three Indian fishermen were seen fishing on Padma River in an engine-run boat 350 yards inside Bangladesh from the zero line under BGB's Charghat Border Outpost (BOP).
A BOP patrol team along with Charghat Upazila Fisheries Department's Field Assistant Abu Raihan and two other assistants went to the spot as part of the government's mother hilsa preservation campaign, and detained one of the fishermen, Pranab Mandal, along with illegal current net, while two others managed to flee.
Later, four BSF members from Kagmari BOP under BSF 117th Battalion entered 650 yards inside Bangladesh territory through Shahariaghat in a speedboat. One of them was in uniform while three others were wearing shorts and under-vests. They were also carrying firearms, the release said.
The statement furthered that the exchange of fire took place when BSF members opened fire and tried to snatch the fisherman back.

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