On 7th January 2011, Felani, a Bengali girl aged 15 became one of the victims of impunity of the Indian Border Security Force at the India-Bangladesh border (International Border No. 947) in Anatrapur, Kurigram. Felani was thrown into the barbed wires for four hours and treated like butcher afterwards. Felani was crossing the border with her father, Mohammad Nur Islam. It was reported that Felani got caught in the wires and was eventually shot dead, but Nur Islam reveals that after he crossed the border and left Felani at the Indian side, he assumes that BSF raped his daughter, threw her into the barbed wires before shooting her dead.
In 2010, BSF shot 105 Bangladeshis. In the first week of 2011, 6 were killed including Felani. Certainly, the killings will continue and more lives will be put to waste in the border of impunity.
Out of her love for her neighbor country, the Bangladeshi government is willing to sacrifice its own people. As the blogger Rezwan said: “We will just utter the magic words like parrots, long live India-Bangladesh friendship.”
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A.M. Ahad was born in 1989 and working as a staff photojournalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed graduation in Mass communication, Media studies and Journalism from Stamford University Bangladesh. Ahad started his early career as a contributor photojournalist at several daily newspapers, later he joined as a staff photojournalist at DrikNEWS, an international news photo agency in Bangladesh, then The Daily Sun. He is now a staff photojournalist at The Shokaler Khobor in Bangladesh. Apart from this his work has published in various international and national noted English newspapers and magazine like The Daily Star, The Daily New Nation, Better Photography, Saudi Aramco World, The New Age, Forum, www.photography-news.com, www.socialdocumentary.net, www.imageforum-diffusion.afp.com, etc. His work was exhibited in home country and abroad as well as his photos has displayed in countless group exhibitions in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Philippine, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Cambodia. He achieved an award in “Biodiversity in focus” – environmental photography prize in the category in Professional – winner: Diversity of life under a changing climate. He participated in many photo workshops and training in Bangladesh. Currently he participated in the 6th Angkor workshop in Cambodia.