Protest agianst BSF for harassing doctor

Shillong, Feb 12: Protests have erupted against the BSF in Meghalaya for harassing a veterinary doctor in Muktapur, under Amlarem block in West Jaintia Hills District on February 11.

The Meghalaya Veterinary Services Association (MVSA) Apex Body, in its emergency central executive committee meeting held on February 12  condemned the high handedness of Rejender Kumar and his colleague, who are BSF personnel at Lakroh Shiv Mandir, Hawai Tilla, West Jaintia Hills District on the February 11, around 12:05 PM on a member of the association, Dr. Seiboklang Buam, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Officer, Muktapur Veterinary Dispensary, Amlarem Sub-Division.


The association said it has taken note of the incident, the news of which has been widely circulated in the media

The MVSA also resolved to apprise the highest authority of the BSF, Meghalaya Frontier Headquarter on ‘this unfortunate and uncalled’ incident, which has traumatized the concerned member of the association. The association also demands that a written apology from the concerned BSF authorities be issued with an assurance that such kind of inhumane and humiliating acts do not recur in the future.

KSU War Jaintia Circle has also condemned the incident and sought action.

The KSU said the officer had gone for fishing to the area on Sunday.

The United Democratic Party (UDP) has demanded action against the BSF personnel for harassing the officer.

In a statement, UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh condemned the highhandedness of the BSF personnel against the government officer.

“As per the news item on social media which has gone viral, the officer was manhandled, interrogated and was asked to strip naked. The BSF personnel also threatened to shoot the officer at Zero Point along the border of India and Bangladesh,” he said.

“This act on the part of the BSF personnel who are supposed to provide security along the border area has put the entire Security force in bad light. This shameful act on the part of the BSF personnel is highly unbecoming and uncalled for,” Mawthoh added.

The UDP leader said that the party has not taken this lightly and will apprise the Director General BSF and the BSF Vigilance Department to investigate into the matter and take appropriate action against the personnel who have gone out of the way to harass the officer of the Government of Meghalaya.

“Such incidents could have easily been avoided to gain the trust of the border residents and the border sentinels should exercise restraint while dealing with the local population residing along the border areas,” he said.

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