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BSF trooper, civilian killed in Tripura border clash

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Agartala, June 7 :

A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper and a 70-year-old man were killed in a clash between the border guards and villagers along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura, police said here Saturday.

Eleven people were injured in the incident that occurred Friday night at Akhaurah on the outskirts of state capital Agartala.

“Some BSF troopers during routine patrolling Friday night got into a quarrel with some youths, who were sitting along the border fencing,” Inspector General of Police Nepal Das told IANS.

“Subsequently, a scuffle broke out between the two sides and the BSF opened fire, killing one person on the spot and injuring 11 others,” Das said.

However, it is not clear yet how BSF trooper Sandip Kumar, 28, was killed. “After getting the inquest report and completion of inquiry, it would be known exactly. There were many injury marks on his (Kumar’s) body,” he said.

He said 70-year-old Ismail Mia, who rushed to the spot from his house upon hearing the noise, was killed in the BSF firing.

The injured people were admitted to the state-run Gobinda Ballav Pant medical college and hospital here.

Security forces, including the BSF and Tripura State Rifles, were deployed along the troubled areas and the capital city Saturday as tension mounted.

Muslim organisations held protest rallies here Saturday over the incident.

Tripura shares a 856-km border with Bangladesh that is porous because it extends over densely forested mountains. Over 25 to 30 percent of the India-Bangladesh border is still unfenced.

Congested human habitations along both sides of the border often create security related problems.

(IANS)