A BSF personnel was lynched after a man was killed when border guards opened fire when they were attacked by villagers while chasing smugglers close to the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura.
Villagers of South Ramnagar attacked the border guards with lathis and choppers while the BSF personnel were chasing smugglers Friday night, BSF DIG B S Rawat said Saturday.
The BSF personnel initially fired in the air to disperse the mob and then opened fire in self defence, killing a local — Ismail Mia — and injuring ten others, the DIG added.
“Our jawans opened fire in self defence in which one villager died and ten others were injured. In a retaliatory attack, one BSF jawan, Sandeep Kumar, was lynched by the local inhabitants,” Rawat said.
Bhowmick said “The BSF man had head injuries and cut marks on his body.” West Tripura District Magistrate Abhishek Singh, who visited the area, said. A magisterial level inquiry has been ordered into the incident.
However, the villagers gave a different account of events.
Bhanu Mia, son of the deceased villager, lodged an FIR at the West Agartala police station against the border guards in which he said the villagers were sitting near a pond when two BSF personnel on patrol came up to them and an altercation followed. Local CPI(M) MLA Ratan Das alleged that Ismail Mia was hit with the butt of a rifle and shot dead. The personnel then allegedly opened fire in which 10 villagers were injured, Das said.
The injured have been admitted to the G B Pant Hospital, hospital sources said.
Minority Welfare minister Shahid Chowdhury visited the area and said the injured would be given free treatment.