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BSF’s Inspector General Dhillon addresses harassment allegations, says incident resolved amicably

Addressing reporters after a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Dhillon assured that the BSF takes such allegations seriously and will thoroughly investigate the matter while considering various factors such as the force's discipline, motivation, and sensitivity of the area.

SHILLONG:

BSF Inspector General HS Dhillon stated on Tuesday that the BSF is investigating an incident involving an alleged harassment of a veterinary officer in Muktapur.

Addressing reporters after a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong, Dhillon assured that the BSF takes such allegations seriously and will thoroughly investigate the matter while considering various factors such as the force’s discipline, motivation, and sensitivity of the area.

“We are inquiring into the issue and given the background of the discipline of the force, given the motivation of the force,  given the other aspects of the force, the sensitivity of the area everything will be taken care of,” Dhillon said.

His remarks came in response to claims that BSF personnel had threatened the veterinary officer with dire consequences, including threats of shooting and public humiliation.

Dhillon mentioned that the incident, which occurred near the border, has been resolved amicably through discussions involving local authorities, civilians, and BSF representatives.

“See things are under process and already I had told you that yesterday everything was sorted out with Dr Buam and the local NGO and local headman and local civilians and police force and SDO and our company commanders all were present at Amlarem and it has been sorted out amicably and we assure you that in future and till now also we have been working for the welfare of the people and we will keep on working for the welfare of the people,” he said.

In a statement, the BSF clarified that the individual in question was observed by troops near the Indo-Bangladesh border and was stopped when he began filming the area despite requests to desist. The BSF asserted that allegations of threats against the individual were false and aimed at tarnishing the force’s image.

“BSF personnel deployed at the border are there to protect the civil population residing near the international border. Such unfounded allegations not only harm the morale of the dedicated troops working in challenging conditions but also create unnecessary tensions. The accusations against the Border Security Force (BSF) are entirely baseless and lacking merit,” it added.

The statement further detailed meetings held to address the issue, including discussions involving local officials, law enforcement, and BSF representatives, which led to the resolution of the matter.

The Inspector General of BSF Meghalaya reiterated the force’s commitment to national security and emphasized its dedication to serving the nation despite challenges and constraints.

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