Smugglers, traffickers and infiltrators have, since the end of May, suddenly become very aggressive along the India-Bangladesh border, especially the south Bengal sector of the international border. There have been numerous attempts by Bangladeshi criminals to breach the border, inviting retaliation from the Border Security Force (BSF). A number of Bangladeshis have died in firing by the BSF since June.
Under Home Minister Amit Shah, the BSF has adopted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards smugglers and traffickers who attempt to breach the border. The latter, almost all of them Bangladeshi nationals, have also turned more aggressive and desperate. According to senior BSF officers, there has been a discernible rise in attempts to breach the border in order to smuggle out cattle and other commodities and smuggle in fake Indian currency notes (FICN), drugs and people.
“The criminals have also become more aggressive and whenever challenged, they attack our jawans, thus forcing us to open fire,” said a senior officer of the BSF’s Malda Frontier in central Bengal. Read More