BSF man opens fire, three killed and two injured

BSF Firing

The local CPI (M) unit also enforced a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Sabroom sub-division.

At least three persons were killed and two others injured when the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel opened fire on the locals here today on suspicion of smuggling cattle. Shots were fired from automatic weapons, he told The Hindu.

Stepping in, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a detailed report from the BSF Chief K K Sharma on the incident, officials said in New Delhi.

Local villagers alleged BSF tried to drag a tribal woman working in a rubber plantation. "While once in a while they try to push out five-six cows, on Friday there were over 40 cows, of which ten were already seized by our men before the firing incident took place", he said. Sensing their life in danger, the BSF personnel fired in self-defence, in which three smugglers died. While the paramilitary force said its jawans acted in self-defence after facing an attack from cattle smugglers, the government, backed by Tripura Police, dismissed such claims.The BSF said its jawans received intelligence that a 40-member group of smugglers would approach the border with a large number of cattle.

CPI calls bandh over death of tribals in BSF firing:- In the subdivision of South Tripura district, the bandh was called by the ruling CPI over the death of three tribals in firing by the BSF.

The injured, identified as Tripura and Chandra Tripura, were being treated at the hospital. Two other villagers sustained injuries during the incident. A statement issued by the CP I (M) state secretariat in Agartala described the incident as an "instance of unlimited and unprecedented barbarity by a paramilitary force" to cover up their crime.

The IPFT and INPT have demanded a judicial probe into the killings and compensation of ₹25 lakh each to the victims' families.

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