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Malda: A suspected Bangladeshi drug peddler has been shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) in north Bengal.

This is the second case of someone being shot dead by BSF in north Bengal in three days.

On 18 December, BSF jawans shot dead a brick-kiln worker in Malda, while chasing a group of rustlers. BSF, however, has claimed that the brick-kiln worker was also a rustler. [READ: BSF jawans shoot dead brick-kiln worker in Malda]

Today’s incident took place in the wee hours near Chakbhatshala border outpost of Balurghat in South Dinajpur district. The person killed has been identified as Patla Ali, 25, hailing from Naogaon district in northern Bangladesh.

BSF sources claimed that several pouches of banned drugs have been found on the deceased peddler. He had tied up the small pouches all over his body to deceive security forces.

Ali was reportedly in a group of 4 to 5 Bangladeshi drug peddlers trying to sneak into South Dinajpur through Chakbhatshala area where the border between the two countries is fenced. Their plan was to topple the barbed fencing in the dead of night.

But BSF jawans on patrol got a wind of this and tried to apprehend them. During this, the peddlers allegedly attempted an attack using a sharp weapon. This made the BSF jawans open fire, killing Ali on the spot. The remaining peddlers managed to flee.

Later in the day, the dead body was handed to Balurghat police station, which in turn sent it for post-mortem.