55-year-old dies in BSF firing, locals protest
Members of Trinamool Congress run Changrabanda Gram Panchayat protested against the incident and observed a bandh there and local people put up a road block causing massive traffic congestion.
It was learnt that on Saturday night BSF jawans found some people gathered at the bordering area. It was alleged that they opened fire without checking who were standing there and what their purpose was. Local people also alleged atrocities by a section of the on-duty BSF jawans in the area as they had entered some house and cause damaged valuables.
A senior BSF officer, however, brushed aside the allegations and said that an inquiry has been initiated in this connection.
The injured people were taken to Jalpaiguri District Hospital, where Kupider Verma, the man was declared brought dead.
Policemen from Meghliganj police station went to the spot and initiated a probe in this connection and confirmed that Verma was an Indian national.
A college student was also killed by the same gun firing incident.
The deceased Tapan Burman, a second year student of Changrabandha College and a resident of Kamath-Changrabandha area had gone to attend nature's call along the barbed wire fencing of the International Border, when patrolling BSF jawans, suspecting him of trying to cut the fencing, allegedly opened fire, the police officer said.
An officer from the police station said that they came to know from the BSF jawans that they had found some people gathered near the fence who did not pay heed to their warnings. The jawans had to fire when some had tried to flee by crossing the fence.
Police also spoke to the local people and the road block was withdrawn after senior police officers intervened.