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Tensions escalate in Matinagar as BSF and villagers clash over smuggling Trade; Several injured


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, 28th February 2024 :   In a harrowing late-night incident on Tuesday,a scuffle erupted between Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and villagers in the Matinagar locality of Kamalasagar assembly constituency, marking a violent escalation in the ongoing struggle over the smuggling trade.

Two BSF jawans sustained injuries in the confrontation, along with three villagers identified as Sajeda Begum (60), Feroza Begum (52), Rabiul Awal (26), and Asif Uddin (17). The incident unfolded as the BSF successfully recovered a significant quantity of ganja, believed to be the focal point of the altercation.

Eyewitnesses report that the disturbance began on Tuesday evening when residents emerged from their homes upon hearing commotion in the area. However, nothing was immediately visible, leading locals to return to their routines. Later that night, chaos ensued as BSF personnel clashed with villagers, resulting in injuries and a tense atmosphere.

A woman from the area, who wished to remain anonymous, recounted the events, stating that her son, while attending to natural chores outside their home, was attacked by BSF soldiers. When she and other family members rushed to intervene, they too were subjected to the aggression of the security forces.

The injured victims, including elderly women and a teenager, were identified as Sajeda Begum, Feroza Begum, Rabiul Awal, and Asif Uddin. The affected families are demanding a thorough investigation into the incident and justice for the victims.

Local authorities have been alerted to the situation, and an inquiry is expected to be launched to ascertain the sequence of events and determine responsibility. The incident highlights the volatility in the region surrounding the smuggling trade and raises concerns about the use of force by security personnel in civilian areas.

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