April 20, 2001,
Guns fall silent on border
Guwahati, April 19
The Bangladesh Government was also said to have denied that the attacks by the BDR and army had its backing and termed it as “adventurism of its local commanders’’.
The BSF Director-General, Mr Gurbhachan Jagat, said the BDR and other Bangladeshi forces have vacated the area of Pyrdiwah, adding, “This was the result of the flag meeting between the BSF and BDR held earlier in the day”.
Stating that tension has reduced and firing stopped on the border, the BSF chief said the Bangladesh authorities would hand over by tomorrow bodies of the 15 BSF men killed in yesterday’s firing. Two injured BSF personnel were also in their captivity and were being treated, he added.
The Union Home Ministry, quoting reports from forward BSF outposts, had last night said 16 BSF personnel had been gunned down while two BDR men were killed when over 1,000 soldiers from the BDR and Bangladesh Army overran Boraibari, driving out about 1,000 villagers from their homes.
The Bangladeshi side had asked the BSF to furnish proof that the land they had occupied was part of India.
Two joint working groups (JWGs) between the two countries were already working to resolve border issues, Mr Jagat said.
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