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Young man allegedly shot and killed by BSF personnel in West Bengal
ANJAN KUMAR SAMAL | 19 May 2016

It is revealed that during the fact finding that the victim was involved in cattle smuggling. On 19.10.2015 at about 4 a.m. the victim was trying to smuggle cattle to Bangladesh from Padmabila No.12 Gate under the jurisdiction of Swarupnagar Police Station. At that time, he received a gun shot from a BSF soldier.

Subsequent to hearing about the incident, family members rescued him and took him to Basirhat Seba Nursing Home, Basirhat, and from there he was transferred to Swasti Nursing Home, Baguihati, Kolkata 59, under the jurisdiction of Baguihati Police Station. On 20 October 2015, at about 9 a.m. he passed away at the said nursing home.

The police of Baguihati Police Station registered an Unnatural Death Case vide Baguihati Police Station U.D. Case no. 144/2015 dated 20 October 2015. The post mortem examination of the victim's corpse was held on 20 October 2015 itself at the Department of FMT Police Morgue under R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital. In the medical records, the cause of death was recorded as 'Gunshot Injury'.

On 21 October 2015, Hafijul Sardar, elder brother of the victim, lodged written complaint before the Officer-in-Charge of Swarupnagar Police Station, stating that his brother had sustained gunshot injury due to firing by BSF while he was trying to smuggle cattle through Padmabila No. 12 Gate.

The complaint was registered as a First Information Report in Swarupnagar Police Station, case no. 988/2015 dated 21.10.2015, under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The said FIR was registered against unknown BSF personnel, i.e. the accused. It is revealed during the fact finding that the investigation of the case is pending but the Investigation Officer has not achieved any breakthrough to allow for the arrest of the accused BSF personnel.