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BSF officer's death a misunderstanding'

BSF officers death a misunderstanding

Kolkata: Noting that a "misunderstanding between the forces" led to the recent killing of Border Security Force (BSF) head constable Vijay Bhan Singh by a Bangladeshi border guard, the neighbouring country's Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday said, "Steps would be taken to ensure that such incidents don't recur. If needed, I will talk to Amit Shah to defuse the situation."

Khan also stated that an Indian fisherman, Pranab Mondal, who was arrested on Thursday, will be released, in accordance with the norms.

A Bangladeshi border guard fired from his AK-47 rifle during a 'flag meeting' along the border in West Bengal, killing Bhan Singh and injuring another jawan, Rajvir Yadav. The BGB personnel had held three Indian fishermen who were allowed by the BSF to fish within the International Border, but let go of two later.

Terming the incident "unfortunate", the Bangladesh home minister said the director general of both the forces should ideally sit together and solve the issue.

"The two countries share a cordial relationship and the same applies to the BSF and the BGB. I am hopeful that the director general of both the forces would sit together and solve the matter," Khan told a news agency over phone from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Khan also asserted that the incident won't cast its shadow over the biannual DG-level meeting of the two border guarding forces in New Delhi, later this year.

The body of 51-year-old Vijay Bhan Singh reached his native village Chamrauli under Makhanpur police station area in the district early Saturday and was cremated amid the assurance that the district administration government would take care of his family's welfare.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that an FIR has been lodged against Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) by its Indian counterpart Border Security Force (BSF) over the killing. "Yes, we have received a complaint from the BSF. A case has been registered and an investigation is on," Murshidabad Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar said.

The BSF officials, too, confirmed that police have lodged an FIR against the BGB.With PTI inputs

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