A grainy video of BSF jawans mercilessly beating up a suspected cow smuggler on the Bangladesh border has sent ripples across the country. The men in uniform are seen stripping the Bangladeshi, tying him up and hitting him with sticks as he cries for mercy. There are reports that the victim died and was thrown across the border but this is not confirmed yet. The incident happened on Monday near the Kaharpara border outpost, about 7km from Murshidabad’s Behrampur.
It would have perhaps been forgotten as just another border statistic but for a quirk of fate. The BSF jawan who captured the assault on his cellphone took it to an IT store in nearby Raninagar to download some ringtones. The owner was shocked to see the video, made copies of it and circulated the CDs among journalists and rights activists. On Wednesday, the gory video was on all the news channels.
The victim, Salim Sheikh of Nawabgunj in Bangladesh, was caught smuggling cows from Char Mourushi, an island on River Padma. The video footage shows him being stripped naked and beaten savagely with a baton. Two jawans tie his hands to a length of bamboo and twist it in a form of medieval torture, leaving Salim screaming in agony. “Hit him on the knees,” someone is heard egging on the jawans. Another calls for tea. “Chai pilao, bhai,” he says.
-via The Times of India.