Centre gets SC notice over killings on Bangladesh border (Lead)

July 9th, 2012 - 11:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday issued notice to the central government on a plea seeking a special investigation team probe into alleged killings and human rights violation by Border Security Force (BSF)personnel on the India-Bangladesh border.

An apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Swatanter Kumar issued the notice after senior counsel Colin Gonsalves told the court that the central paramilitary force was engaged in extra-judicial killings in the garb of self-defence.

The court directed the tagging of the matter with a similar petition alleging extra-judicial killings in Jammu and Kashmir.

The petition sought a special investigation team (SIT), with officers who were from states other than West Bengal, to probe the killings and report to the apex court.

The petition said that hundreds of unarmed people both from India and Bangladesh were killed or tortured by BSF personnel while trying to stop infiltration.

The BSF has nearly 80,000 personnel guarding the India-Bangladesh border, said petitioner NGO Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Manch.

The petition said that more than 200 Indian nationals became victims of torture and extra-judicial killings by the BSF between 2005-11.

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