Agartala: A 23-year-old man was allegedly shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) in South Tripura district after a clash erupted between the villagers and the troops here on Monday.
The incident occurred along the Bangladesh-India border in Debipur village under the Belonia sub-division.
Speaking with reporters, Khalik Miah, father of the deceased Jashim Miah, said BSF troops were assaulting him in the morning, and when his son intervened, an on-duty officer ordered the fire which resulted in the death of Jashim.
The villagers rushed Jashim Miah to Belonia sub-division hospital where the doctors on duty declared him dead on arrival.
The villagers also said that Jashim was a graduate from Belonia College and had nothing to do with the cattle smuggling or any illegal activities, and the incident occurred far from the international border.
An official from Belonia police station said that on Monday morning, BSF troops caught a group of smugglers while they were smuggling cattle along the India-Bangladesh border, following which a scuffle between the two groups took place.
Sources from BSF informed EastMojo that the scuffle between the cattle smugglers and a BSF jawan took place after the troops prevented the smuggling of cattle in the morning hours along the international border.
“The BSF jawan opened fire from the non-lethal weapon self-defence as smugglers had gathered to overpower the troops deployed in the area,” the source said.