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A young boy died after being tortured by BSF in the Thakurpur Border at Damurhuda, Chuadanga

On 21 January 2010, Hasnat Halsham Inu, a 15-year-old boy, was tortured by the BSF at the Thakurpur border in Chuadanga district of Bangladesh. Hasnat and his family lived in the Sakolia village which is located next to the Ichamoti River and makes up the border between India and Bangladesh.

On the fateful day, at 2.00 in the afternoon, Hasnat was looking after the family ducks along the canal as he did everyday. He crossed the shallow river in order to fetch some of the ducks that had swum over to the Indian side. One detective official of the BSF spotted him and he was arrested as soon as he was on the other side of the river. An hour later, upon his release, he crawled back to the Bangladesh side of the river. His father saw him lying on the bank and carried him home. He had no visible injuries or bruises, but was suffering from excruciating pain and was very weak. That afternoon at 4.00 he was brought to a local doctor in the Kapasdanga Hospital. On 22 January 2010, he was admitted to the Chuadanga District Hospital where he stayed for 12 days. During his time in hospital, he revealed the torture inflicted on him when he was detained for an hour in the BSF camp. He was beaten with bamboo sticks on his feet, hip and loin. Soldiers wearing boots stamped on his chest and lower abdomen. His arms were pulled in different directions and he was dragged on the ground in that condition until he collided with a tree stump. He was referred to Dhaka medical Collage as his condition was deteriorating. On 2 February 2010, he was brought to Dhaka Medical Collage Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

fact-finding-border violence-Hasnat Halsham Inu-2010 (full text in English, PDF)

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