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12:00 AM, October 20, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:32 PM, October 20, 2019

Border Shooting: It was an ‘accidental incident’

Foreign minister tells Deutsche Welle

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen yesterday said the recent exchange of fire between the border forces of Bangladesh and India was an “accidental incident”.

He also said the members of Indian Border Security Force intruded into Bangladesh territory in a show of bravado.

“This is one incident. This happened due to a misunderstanding,” he said, adding that the members of Border Guard Bangladesh opened fire as the last resort.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle’s Bengali service in Berlin, Momen brushed aside the reports on the firing incident by a section of Indian media outlets. “The information that Indian media carried was not correct.”

Describing the Bangladesh-India relations as “very friendly”, he said the key purpose of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent India visit was to further strengthen the “warm relationship”.

On Thursday, BGB said its members were forced to fire back in self-defence after being attacked by BSF along the Rajshahi border that led to the death of a BSF man.

The BGB said the BSF members intruded into Bangladesh territory and tried to snatch an Indian fisherman who was detained while illegally fishing in the Padma river.

The incident took place 650 yards inside Bangladesh territory in Shahariaghat Balughat area in Rajshahi’s Charghat upazila.

Responding to a question on water-sharing issues, Momen said Bangladesh is giving only 1.82 cusec water out of 126 cusec from the Feni river for a town in Tripura, having only 6,000 people.

Asked about the perception that only India wins in negotiations between the two countries, the foreign minister said this was a blatant lie.

He said both sides win, and both Bangladesh and India got back stability due to the current friendly relations.

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