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Reconstruction of centuries-old mosque stokes tension along Sylhet border

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Border Guard Bangladesh jawans took up position on the Gojukata border in Sylhet's Beanibazar yesterday morning shortly after India's Border Security Force set up bunkers in the no-man's land between the countries.

On Monday morning, the BSF had stopped the reconstruction of a centuries-old mosque on the Bangladesh side at the edge of the border, said Lt Col Shah Alam Siddiqui, commanding officer of 52 BGB Battalion.

"The BSF stopped the reconstruction work entering Bangladesh territory and then unlawfully set-up bunkers 150 metres inside the no-man's land.

"In response, we also deployed force at the border," he said yesterday.

A flag-meeting started at 5:00pm to settle the issue, but the outcome of the meeting could not be known as the BGB commanding officer could not be reached on his mobile phone despite repeated attempts.

When our Sylhet correspondent last spoke to the BGB commanding officer around 5:00pm, the two forces were holding their respective positions.

The mosque is inside Bangladesh territory, but right beside the border and the need for its reconstruction was evident, said Abdul Salam, chairman of Dubag union in the upazila.

"At a flag meeting last year, the matter was discussed and the then BSF Commanding Officer cleared way for the construction and it was progressing normally. But as the previous CO has been transferred, the new CO stopped the construction work," he said.

The locals of the bordering area are safe, the chairman said.

 

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Hasina Bibi, please come out and punish our BGB Commanders for going against the Indian BSF wish. This is why your mentor India supports you. How about unleashing another Pilkhana Carnage to please India.
 

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If its no man’s land why is there any type of construction activities happening there in the first place?
 

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If its no man’s land why is there any type of construction activities happening there in the first place?
The mosque is in Bangladesh, the Indian bunker was set up in no man's land which is illegal. Were you in the ESL program in school?
 

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If its no man’s land why is there any type of construction activities happening there in the first place?
That is a signature BSF hallmark. Doing illegal things just because they can.

Read the article. The mosque is in Bangladesh territory, the BSF bunker was dug in no man's land...

Uneducated people have these sort of pushy bully attitudes - and we all know who gets hired in the BSF, their standards.

Unfortunately, the result so often is that BSF people get a bullet in the middle of the forehead, and that too sometimes from Bangladeshi civilians.

Clearly, BSF commanders are just too keen (even by bribery) to get posted near the Bangladesh border. The smuggler-derived side income is just unbelievable compared to poverty wages paid by Indian Govt.

This demand to halt construction is also a ploy by BSF commanders to demand some "chai-pani ka paisey".

After funds are exchanged - things will quiet down back again.
 

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