A Tale Of Two Blunders

Had it not been for an injured Border Security Force (BSF) soldier who managed to escape from Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) custody, the real story of the killing of 16 BSF jawans on April 18 would have taken some investigation before it surfaced. What transpired is something the BSF would rather keep under wraps. The spur to the killing of the Indian jawans was the decision taken by some officer in the BSF—identity not revealed as yet—to teach the Bangladeshis a lesson for their “audacity” of taking over Pyrdiwah village in Meghalaya’s Dawki sector on April 15.

A 20-man team was hand-picked and sent in to invade/attack Boraibari village on the other side. But the team was outnumbered by the combined force of Bangladeshi villagers and the BDR. Two bsf men managed to escape, two were caught and 16 were lynched.