As many as 294 people have been killed by Border Security Force (BSF) in the last 10 years at the borders across the country, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.
He placed the statistics during Thursday’s (Jul 11) Parliamentary session while responding to a question by BNP lawmaker Harunur Rashid.
The minister provided the following statistics from 2009 to 2018:
He said that the statistics showed that border killings, however, were on the decline and that Border Guard Bangladesh was sincere in their efforts to prevent Bangladeshi citizens being killed at the border.
The minister added that the government has also taken steps on a diplomatic level to bring down the number to zero.
Responding to another query from Netokona-3 lawmaker, the home minister said that BGB and BSF are also conducting coordinated patrols at risk areas.
Moreover, 128 border sentry posts (BSP) have been built to reduce the distances between border outposts.
He said that BSF has marked 318 kilometres of border area as sensitive and set up surveillance cameras there.
Kamal said that in the last 14 years from 2006 to 2009, 1,050 policemen were killed in the line of duty and 4,440 were injured.