The body of a Pakistani woman, who was shot at by the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel while allegedly illegally crossing over to Indian side and succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Amritsar, was Saturday handed over to the neighbouring country.
Gulshan Bibi, in her early 30s, was fired upon Wednesday evening when she didn’t stop walking towards the fence on the Indian side after illegally crossing the international border from the Pakistan side near the Bangar border outpost in Dera Baba Nanak area of Gurdaspur district.
She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital, Amritsar with gunshot wound on her waist. Doctors said that her intestine was damaged and she couldn’t recover from blood loss and died Friday morning. During preliminary investigation, the woman had told the BSF personnel that she was from Tajpura village in Punjab Province of Pakistan.
A DIG-rank BSF official told the The Indian Express that Gulshan Bibi’s body was handed over to Pakistan Rangers at Attari border at 2:45 pm. “It is not the first time when someone has been killed while trying to illegally enter into India from Pakistan. Normally, Pakistan Rangers disown such Pakistani nationals. But in this case, they agreed to accept the body. It is only the second time in recent years when Pakistan Rangers agreed to accept the body of a person who died while illegally entering India.”
Earlier, Gulshan had told the BSF personnel at the hospital that her husband had left her at a Pakistan Army camp from where she was sent to the border area. Nothing incriminating was found on her person or in a bag that she was carrying. It could not be confirmed as to why she was sent towards the international border. A case was registered against her under Passport Act and the Foreigners Act at Dera Baba Nanak police station.
“We held a flag meeting with Pakistan Rangers on the day she was apprehended from border. They had accepted that she was Pakistani national,” the BSF official said. “We held another flag meeting after her death on Friday and they agreed to accept the body”.