Man shot dead by ‘Myanmar border troops’ in Teknaf

A man died hours after he was shot allegedly by Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) in Naaf river of Teknaf in Cox’s bazar yesterday.

Mohammad Islam (35), of Teknaf Sadar union, was shot by BGP members when he was fishing in the river around 5:30pm yesterday, his relatives claimed.

Around 7:30pm, local fishermen rescued and took him to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex from where he was sent to Sadar Hospital, said Md Sajjad Hossain, a doctor from emergency unit of the health complex.

Islam succumbed at Sadar Hospital around 10:00pm, Resident Medical Officer of the hospital SM Nawshad Riyad told The Daily Star.

Witnesses said Islam and another fisherman went to Naafriver with a small boat for fishing.

But Myanmar’s BGP personnel, who were patrolling with a speed boat in their territory, opened fire, leaving one of the fishermen injured. 

Contacted, Lt Col Mohammad Foysal Hasan Khan of BGB Batalion-2 said a letter is being sent to the Myanmar BGP to stop “unexpected deaths” on the border.

BGP will also be requested to maintain their protocol to stop such killings, he said.

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