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Malda: A teenage boy, allegedly involved in smuggling illegal goods to Bangladesh, has been shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) in Malda.

The incident took place early this morning along the Bangladesh border at Daulatpur village under Baishnabnagar police station jurisdiction. The deceased teenager has been identified as Aizul Sheikh (17), a resident of Daulatpur village itself.

Although BSF has not come out with a formal statement, sources claimed that Sheikh was among a group of smugglers who had gathered near the barbed fencing along Bangladesh border today dawn.

On spotting them, BSF jawans asked them to surrender. Instead of doing so, the suspected smugglers tried to flee and this made the BSF jawans to open a fire from automated rifles. While others managed to escape, a bullet hit Sheikh in the chest and he died on the spot.