At least three people including a mother and her child were shot dead and another was injured yesterday as a ‘drunken’ member of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) ran amok at Majhipara of Tetulia upazila in Panchagarh.
The villagers caught the BSF member with firearms and handed him over to the BDR.
The deceased were identified as Majeda Begum, 30, her two-year-old son Mamun and Golam Mostafa, 55.
Majeda's husband Shahidul Isalm, 40, sustained bullet injuries in the incident. His condition was stated to be critical.
A BDR high-up confirmed the killings of three Bangladeshis and the detention of a BSF member.
Taherul Islam, officer-in-charge of Tetulia Police Station, told The Daily Star, "A BSF member in uniform intruded into Bangladesh territory at about 10:00pm and attacked the house of Shahidul Islam. He started firing indiscriminately killing Majeda, her son Mamun and their neighbour Mostafa on the spot."
"Shahidul received two bullets during the attack," the OC said.
At one stage, the villagers caught the BSF member and beat him up.
Quoting the villagers, the OC said the BSF member was drunk.
On information, BDR members rushed to the scene and took the BSF member into their custody.
Sources said tension ran high in the area after the incident.