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BSF detains Bangladeshi female agricultural labour Sreemoti Sharoti without charges at Gorakmondop border of Kurigram

Sreemoti Sharoti (39) is a poor female agricultural labour and the wife of Sree Atul Kumar of Gorakmondop village under Phulbari police station of Kurigram district. Sharoti worked at Dinesh Chandra Burman’s field near the border to earn a living and help Atul bear the family expenses. On November 20, 2012 at around 8:30am, Sharoti left her house to work at the field near border pillar 929 of the Bangladesh – India border in Gorakmondop. When Sharoti arrived near the field, members of battalion 124 of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) trespassed into Bangladesh and forcibly took her to Kharida Haridash BSF camp under Dinhata police station in Kuchbihar district in West Bengal, India.

She was returned to Bangladesh at around 4:00pm after a Company Commander level flag meeting was held between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB)’s Gorakmondop camp and India’s Kharida Haridash BSF camp.

 Sharoti’s husband is a fisherman. Apart from fishing he also works as a agricultural labour in other people’s fields. Sharoti, her husband and children live at the Gorakmondop Housing project. They do not have a house or property of their own. She has a son and two daughters. To catch fishes her husband rents fishing net from others. The income remaining after deducting the rent of the fishing net is not enough for a family of five. That is why Sreemoti Sharoti took up her job.

fact-finding-Border-Sreemoti Sharoti-Kurigram-2012 (full text in English, PDF)
fact-finding-Border-Sreemoti Sharoti-Kurigram-2012 (full text in Bangla, PDF)

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