India's Anandabazar Patrika published a report headlined 'Bangladeshis are stepping on unprotected land' on July 7.
The report claimed that that Bangladeshis occupied India’s land with the help of members of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
The BGB has strongly protested the news report of the Indian media saying it was false, fabricated, baseless and motivated one.
The Anandabazar newspaper said Bangladeshi villagers are claiming about 22,000 acres of unprotected Indian land along Raninagr and Jalangi border.
In a statement on Friday, the BGB said no such incident occurred along the border areas as mentioned by the newspaper.
Though the Anandabazar report said Bangladeshis are cultivating crops freely on about 22,000 acres of unprotected land across Raninagar 1 and 2-No block of the border and Jalangi, the real picture is completely different. “It is now almost impossible to cultivate crops along international borders by Bangladeshis, let alone doing it inside India. BGB members are patrolling the border round the clock along the zero line.”
The Indian media also claimed that BSF detained two Bangladeshis as they entered Indian territory a few days back, and later Bangladeshi ‘miscreants’ abducted two Indian citizens from the Raninagar border as ransom.
Protesting the misleading information of the newspaper, BGB said, “The reality is quite the opposite, and the report is a motivated one.”
The statement said the fact is that two incidents took place along the Jalangi border on July 2, which are completely contrary to the statements of the newspaper. “At 11:30 am on July 2, two Indian smugglers--Nayan Sheikh and Shahidul Sheikh--crossed the international border and illegally entered Yusufpur village in Bangladesh through the Jalangi border and attacked the villagers who did not take the matter lightly and surrounded the two smugglers.”
On information, the members of Yusufpur BGB camp took the two Indians into their custody for safety reason. “On the other hand, at 12 noon on the same day, the BSF patrol team illegally crossed the international border and entered 300 meters inside Bangladesh (along Pillar 72/4-S) and took away three innocent farmers from Yusufpur area who were returning home after cultivating in the char area.
A BGB-BSF flag meeting was held on the same day following the two incidents.
Later, on July 3, the matter was settled amicably through the peaceful handover of citizens of both the countries.