Two Bangladeshi fishermen were picked up allegedly by Indian Border Security Force in Forhadpur Nirmal Char area from the Padma of Rajshahi’s Godagari upazila yesterday afternoon.
The victims are: Omar Ali, 44, and Abdur Rahim, 55, of Premtoli Kathalbaria village of the upazila, said local fishermen.
BSF members of Tikna Char camp under 35 BSF Battalion entered Bangladesh territory in a speedboat and caught the fishermen when they were returning home with their catch in a boat around 4:00pm, Nayan Ali, a member of Matikata Union Parishad, said, quoting other fishermen.
“They dragged the fishermen onto their speedboat,” he said.
Contacted, Lt Col Ferdous Mahmud, director of 1 BGB Battalion in Rajshahi, said they could not learn anything officially from BSF members.
The BGB official said they were yet to contact the BSF officials.
He said relatives of the two fishermen and other witnesses informed the local BGB camp of the alleged abduction.
The BGB official added that the zero line between the borders in the area go through the Padma and a major part of the river there was inside India.
Bangladeshi fishermen often enter Indian territory mistakenly, while Indian fishermen do the same during fishing in the area, he said.