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BSF denies harassment charge, cites national security

Shillong, Feb 13: The BSF on Tuesday denied harassment of the veterinary doctor  Dr. Seiboklang Buam by saying that BSF is committed towards the larger interest of national security, even in the face of challenges and constraints.

The BSF also termed stripping and threatening to shoot the doctor as false.

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However, on Monday, the doctor, Meghalaya Veterinary Services Association (MVSA), KSU and the UDP had sought apology from the BSF citing their sides of the incident.

In a statement issued to the media, the BSF said that on February 11 around 12.05 pm,  the BSF troops deployed along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Hawaitila observed an individual heading towards Lakroh Nala, very close to the International border (IB). “Upon being stopped by the BSF troops, he expressed his displeasure and took the matter as a personal ego since he claimed to be a local veterinary doctor. On being stopped by BSF troops, he started recording video footage of the general bordering area and of the BSF Jawans on duty”, the statement said.

According to the BSF, despite requests from the BSF troops to stop filming, the individual did not adhere to the request. Later, the  veterinary doctor left the area while threatening the BSF troops on duty with dire consequences. After some time, he returned with some villagers, shouting at the BSF troops and recording a video to defame the force.
“The allegation levelled by the individual that BSF troop threatened to shoot him and strip him naked is entirely false and misleading propaganda against the BSF troops. BSF personnel deployed at the border are there to protect the civil population residing near the international border. Such unfounded allegations not only harm the morale of the dedicated troops working in challenging conditions but also create unnecessary tensions. The accusations against the Border Security Force are entirely baseless and lacking merit”, the force said.

In this regard on February 12 around 4 pm, a meeting was held at office of SDO (Civil) Amlarem chaired by Abhishek Saini along with SDPO Amalarem Sub- Division, the veterinary doctor Seiboklang Buam, SHO PS- Muktapur and BSF officials. During the meeting, the factual position of the issue (which negated the allegations) was brought to the notice and there after the matter was resolved amicably, it said.

Another meeting on the same day at about 5 pm  was convened, attended by the local MLA Lahkmen Rymbui , Chief advisor to the Government of Meghalaya , Additional Home Secretary Government of Meghalaya, IG Law & Order ( Meghalaya Police), IG Border and IG BSF Meghalaya to discuss about the incident. The Inspector General of BSF Meghalaya, after citing the factual facts of the case, assured that the BSF is committed towards the larger interest of national security, even in the face of challenges and constraints. The BSF troops are rendering relentless service to the nation, it added

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