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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata/ Malda, 24 August: A BSF jawan has died after being attacked by local agents of a Bangladeshi infiltration racket at Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal.

The incident took place late on Sunday night at a border village named Ghojadanga and the deceased BSF jawan has been identified as Govind Singh. He was from Agra in Uttrar Pradesh and posted with the BSF’s 144 battalion.

Sources said that a group of 10-15 agents that facilitates illegal crossover of Bangladeshis into India tried to push in some infiltrators on Sunday night. Singh and his fellow jawan Sunil Bhowmick, who were on duty at that time, foiled the attempt.

Peeved at this, the agents attacked the jawans with lathis and hit Singh on the head. Sensing danger, the other jawan fled from the spot.

On Monday morning, an injured Singh was fished out from a pond near the attack site. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital. Police have arrested 12 persons on charges of being involved in the attack.

In another development, the BSF in Malda nabbed two persons with counterfeit Indian currency notes having a face value of Rs 2.98 lakh.

A statement issued by BSF identified the duo as Anikul Islam and Najamul Haque. Both of them are residents of Malda and have been handed over to the local police.