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Farmers are denied to cultivate their land by Border Security Force

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PETITION TO NHRC

 

 

 

Our fact finding team talked with the villagers of Choto Madhusudan and Ghochabari village under Sitalkuchi Police Station, District-Cooch Behar, West Bengal.  It is revealed during the fact finding that both the villages Choto Madhusudan and Ghochabari are located near Indo-Bangladesh border. The said area falls under the jurisdiction of Chotomadhusudan BOP-BSF, Company-D, Battalion-34. The Border Security Force installed border fencing by barbed wires which run through both the villages.  Reportedly in many places under the said villages fencing was done about one and half kilometers inside the villages from the actual border line leaving about 1000 to 1200 Bighas of lands of this area under the Indian Territory beyond the fencing.

Most of the said lands are owned by the villagers and they are dependent upon the lands for cultivation which is the main source of their livelihood. There are numbers of gates through which the villagers pass for entry and exit into the lands situated beyond the fencing. The villagers of Chhoto Madhusudan and Ghochabari alleged that they face various whimsical norms and dictums from Border Security Force for ingress and egress in their farming lands beyond the fencing. They stated they are forbidden by Border Security Force not to cultivate jute and corn though those are commonly grown plants by the villagers.

Even the Border security Force personnel cut down trees and crop in the lands according to their whims. The gates installed in the fencing remain open from 7am to 9am, 12 o’clock to 1 pm and 4pm to 5pm every day. Except the said timings, the villagers can not enter or exit from the lands beyond the fencing even during emergency situations. The BSF jawans posted at the gates do not open the gates on the excuse that the keys are taken to the camp. The farmers are being instructed by BSF to take fertilizers mixed with soil to the farming lands.  Even the farmers are not allowed to take more than two cattle into the farming lands beyond the fencing which is below the requirement of the farmers.

Moreover the farmers are forced to sign on blank paper and also on a register book maintained by BSF at the time of entry into their lands. The Border Security Force personnel took forcible possession of the rooms and use them for their own purpose, though the rooms were erected by the government for the purpose of rest of the farmers on the border road. On slightest fault, the villagers are being assaulted physically and verbally (slang) by the Border Security Force personnel. They are assaulted and kept standing on the border for hours under the sun. Several times, the villagers tried to bring attention of the administration to above stated problems, but in vain. On 13.10.2015, the villagers submitted written complaint before the District Magistrate, Cooch Behar stating the above stated problems but there is no response till date.

 

The above mentioned facts and circumstances show that there is diabolical recurrence of torture perpetrated by Border Security Force in the bordering areas of Choto Madhusudan and Ghochabari village under Sitalkuchi Police Station, District-Cooch Behar, West Bengal resulted in a terrible scare in the minds of the villagers residing there. The villagers had to abide by the various silly norms and rules of Border Security Force and slightest violation resulted into brutal physical assault and harassment of the villagers. The poor marginalized villagers of Choto Madhusudan and Ghochabari village under Sitalkuchi Police Station, District-Cooch Behar, mostly bear the brunt of BSF torture in the bordering areas whether they are involved with crime or not. The right to life and the right to livelihood of the villagers as enshrined in the Article 21 of the Constitution of India have been grossly violated due to the atrocities and torturous activities carried out by BSF in the name of safeguarding the country.

 

Hence we seek your urgent intervention in this matter in the following manner:-

 

  • Secure the life and livelihood of the poor villagers of Choto Madhusudan and Ghochabari village under Sitalkuchi Police Station, District-Cooch Behar, West Bengal from the gruesome atrocities inflicted upon them by the Border Security Force.
  • The whimsical and outrageous dictums of BSF must be overruled.
  • The guilty Border Security Force personnel must be booked under the law for their alleged act of atrocities and torture upon the poor villagers.
  • The victims must be provided adequate compensation and protection to their life and livelihood.

 

Thanking You

Yours truly

 

 

 

Kirity Roy

Secretary, MASUM

&

National Convener, PACTI

 

 

List of the farmers/cultivators having their agricultural lands adjoining to the Indo-Bangladesh Border under Ghochabari Choto Madhusudan villages, Police Station-Sitalkuchi, District-Cooch Behar, West Bengal

Sl No Name Father’s/Husband’s Name Khatian No Dag No
1 Jogesh Barman Gajen Barman (Father) 11/1 1R
2 Gajen Barman Lt. Khoka Barman (Father) 438/111/1 958
3 Rajkumari Barman Gajen Barman (Husband) 438 958
4 Saiba Barman Jogesh Barman (Husband) 438 958
5 Kamal Barman Khagin Barman (Fater) 02 962/1
6 Anibala Barman Kamal Barman (Husband) 02 962/1
7 Bimal Baishya Satish Baishya (Father) 25 970, 974
8 Ratanbala Baishya Bimal Baishya (Husband) 25 970, 974
9 Tapan Baishya Bimal Baishya (Father) 25 970, 974
10 Swapan Baishya Bimal Baishya (Father) 25 970, 974
11 Rameswar Barman Lt. Terpu Barman (Father) 10/14 929
12 Sindubala Barman Rameswar Barman (Husband) 10/14 929
13 Saptajit Barman Rameswar Barman (Father) 10/14 929
14 Parul Barman Saptajit Barman (Husband) 10/14 929
15 Jagdish Barman Jatish Barman (Father) 10 94
16 Nirada Barman jatish Barman (Husband) 10 94
17 Biren Barman Khoka Barman (Father) 12 18
18 Basanti Barman Biren Barman (Husband) 12 18
19 Tapan Barman Biren Barman (Father) 12 18
20 Swapan Barman Biren Barman ( Father) 12 18
21 Chobi Barman Tapan Barman (Husband) 12 18
22 Bhaben Sil Lt. Suren Sil (Father) 02 962, 418
23 Dinamoni sil Bhaben Sil (Husband) 02 962
24 Sudeb Sil Bhaben Sil (Father) 02 962
25 Madan Sil Lt. Suren Sil (Father) 02 962/3
26 Kesab Sil Madan Sil (Father) 02 949, 962
27 Madab Sil Madan Sil (Father) 22/15 418/949, 418
28 Gajendra Sil Sharma Suren Sil (Father) 2.0 38,39,40
29 Krishna Kanta Sil Sharma Gajen Sil Sharma 2.0 38,39,40
30 Bishnu Sil Sharma Gajen Sil Sharma 2.0 38,39,40
31 Fuleswari Barman Lt. Nilkanta Barman (Husband 12 18
32 Sukdhan Barman Lt. Nilkanta Barman (Father) 12 18
33 Jayanti Barman Sukdhan Barman (Husband) 12 18
34 Jayanta Barman Sukdhan Barman (Father) 12 18
35 Krishna Barman Lt. Nilkanta Barman (Father) 12 18
36 Sujata Barman Krishna Barman (Husband) 12 18
37 Dipu Barman Lt. Nilkanta Barman (Father) 12 18
38 Sumitra Barman Lt. Nilkanta Barman (Husband) 12 18
39 Abdul Samad Basunia Lt. Nasiruddin Basunia (Father) 411 968, 969, 971, 973, 974, 984, 985
40 Nabiur Rahaman Basunia Abdul Samad Basunia (Father)  411  968, 969, 971, 973, 974, 984, 985
41 Habibur Rahaman Basunia Abdul Samad Basunia (Father)    968, 969, 971, 973, 974, 984, 985
42 Mehebur Rahaman Basunia Abdul Samad Basunia (Father)    968, 969, 971, 973, 974, 984, 985
43 Alamgir Rahaman Basunia Abdul Samad Basunia (Father)    968, 969, 971, 973, 974, 984, 985
44 Latifa Basunia Abdul Samad Basunia (Husband)    968, 969, 971, 973, 974, 984, 985
45 Enamul Mia Lt. Kachimuddin Mia (Father) 46 1405, 1406
46 Sakina Bibi Enamul Mia (Husband) 46 1405, 1406
47 Abdul Ajit Mia Lt. Kachimuddin Mia (Father) 190 2517
48 Jyotsna Bibi Abdul Ajit Mia (Husband) 126 257
49 Abul Hossain Basunia Lt. Jasiruddin Basunia (Father) 54, 78 804, 329
50 Mostafijur Basunia Abul Hossain Basunia (Father) 54, 78 804, 329
51 Asraful Basunia Abul Hossain Basunia (Father) 54, 78 804, 329
52 Ajijur Mia Lt. Soleman Mia (Father) 24, 25, 57 858, 1095
53 Nur Islam Mia Lt. Soleman Mia (Father) 24, 25, 57 858, 1095
54 Bablu Mia Lt. Soleman Mia (Father) 24, 25, 57 858, 1095
55 Pulinl Barman Lt. Bhabendra Barman (Father) 14 990
56 Basanti Barman Pulin Barman (Husband) 14 990
57 Biswaajit Barman Pulin Barman (Father) 14 990
58 Suknal Barman Lt. Bhabendra Barman (Father) 10/14 929
59 Malati Barman Suknal Barman (Husband) 10/14 929
60 Manoara Begam Lt. Kahar Mia (Father) 2/9 53
61 Kapil Mia Kahar Mia (Father) 1/9 53/14/54
62 Abetan Bibi Kapil Mia (Husband) 1/9 53/14/54
63 Chatish Barman Kamakhya Barman (Father) 76 73/12/46
64 Telani Barman Chatis Barman (Husband) 76 73/12/46
65 Parimal Barman Chatish Barman (Fatheer) 76 73/12/46
66 Bipul Barman Chatish Barman (Fatheer) 76 73/12/46
67 Padhan Barman Kekar Barman (Father) 24 41/8
68 Kunti Barman Padhan Barman (Husband0 24 41/8
69 Sushil Barman Kala Barman (Father) 23/7 41
70 Pradip Barman Sushil Barman (Fatheer) 23/7 41
71 Dilip Barman Sushil Barman (Fatheer) 23/7 41
72 Ranubala Sushil Barman (Husband) 23/7 41
73 Bhedu Mia Pasaruddin 8 48/49
74 Nilifa Bibi Bhedu Mia (Husband) 8 46/49
75 Sajitan Bibi Bhedu Mia (Husband) 8 46/49
76 Gafur Mia Pasaruddin 8 46/49
77 Mouli Bibi Gafur 8 46/49
78 Sahidul Gafur 8 46/49
79 Rojina Bibi Saidul (Husband) 8 46/49
80 Sablu Mia   8 46/49
81 Samach Bibi Sablu Mia (Husband) 8 46/49
82 Samchul Mia Sablu 8 46/49
83 Abul Mia Pasaruddin 8 46/49
84 Nabia Bibi Abul (Husband) 8 46/49
85 Umar Ali Tachir Mia 7.9 46/40
86 Mamata Bibi Umar Ali (Husband) 7.9 46/40
87 Samtulla Mia Tachir Mia (Father) 23 418
88 Ajhila Bibi Samtulla Mia (Husband) 23 7.9
89 Gamesh Barman Upen Barman 8/2/7/24 137/65/76
90 Cheradini Barman Gamesh Barman (Husband) 8/2/7/24 137/65/76
91 Santi Bala Gamesh Barman (Husband) 8/2/7/24 137/65/76
92 Dhirendra Barman Lt. Narendra Barman (Fatheer) 8 157/72
93 Minati Barman Dhirendra Barman (Husband) 8 157/72
94 Kumabala Barman Lt. Narendra Barman (Husband) 8 157/72
95 Fajal Rahaman Kahar Mia (Father) 9 46
96 Alima Bibi Fajal Rahaman (Husband) 9 46
97 Kapil Mia Kahar Mia (Father) 9 46
98 Abetan Bibi Kapil Mia (Husband) 9 46
99 Karim Badsha Kahar Mia (Father) 9 46
100 Rabbana Bibi Karim Badsha 9 46
101 Brogendra Nath Barman Bhabendra Barman (Father) 24 85/11/76/11
102 Jyotsna Barman Brogendra Nath Barman (Husband)` 24 85/11/76/11
103 Kumo Bala Barman Bhabendra Barman ( Husband) 24 85/11/76/11
104 Makbul Mia Fakar Ali   315
105 Chatima Bibi Makbul Mia (Husband)   315
106 Sahinur Mia Abdul Karim (Father) 476 0.333, 0.2388
107 Mariom Bibi Sahinur Mia (Husband) 43 0.6667
108 Abdul Karim Pasaruddin 12 18
109 Gafur Mia Pasaruddin 12/8 54/57/59
110 Mouli Bibi Gafur Mia (Husband) 12/8 46/47/48
111 Sahidul Gafur Mia (Husband) 12/8 46/47/48
112 Rejina Bibi Sahidul 12/8 46/47/48
113 Kalidas Barman Haralal Barman (Father) 7/8 57/8, 59/12, 44/91
114 Anita Barman Kalidas Barman (Husband) 7/8 57/8, 59/12, 44/91

 

Kirity Roy
Secretary
Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha
(MASUM)
&
National Convenor (PACTI)
Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity
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