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The clash between local villagers and BSF personnel took place at Rayermura village, 14 km from Agartala, in West Tripura district late on Sunday afternoon
The clash between local villagers and BSF personnel took place at Rayermura village, 14 km from Agartala, in West Tripura district late on Sunday afternoon|Representational image
TRIPURA

Tripura: 3 BSF jawans hurt while preventing cross-border smuggling

Clash occurred after security personnel caught hold of two local youths while they were trying to throw drug packets to the other side of international border

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: At least five persons, including three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, were injured following a clash between local villagers and BSF personnel at Rayermura village, 14 km from Agartala, in West Tripura district late on Sunday afternoon.

According to reports, the clash occurred during routine patrolling when the jawans caught hold of two local youths while they were throwing drug packets to the other side of the international border.

“The two boys were throwing packets having contraband drug items into Bangladesh territory at Rayermura village, when the BSF jawans intervened. They [the youths], along with the support from other villagers, then carried out an attack over the BSF personnel,” sources from the police said.

When the villagers went out of control and three BSF jawans, including the company commander sustained injuries, they fired two rounds of pump-action gun on them for self-defence in which two villagers got injured. A complaint was registered by the BSF personnel against the attackers, sources added.

DIG BSF and PRO CL Belwa told reporters that on Sunday late afternoon some people were trying to smuggle some drugs by throwing it from the Indian side to the Bangladesh side. “When the BSF jawans tried to stop them, villagers came and started pelting stones on them,” Belwa said.

“For self defence, they fired two rounds of pump action gun in which two persons got minor injuries. The injured were given first-aid at the Tripura Medical College,” Belwa added.