We must call to stop building Tipaimukh dam to protect Bangladesh from being a Desert!!!

Ti[aimukh Dam

Tipaimukh Dam. It is clear that it will put it's adverse effect on Surma and Kushiara as well as other rivers of Bangladesh too.

The Indians are going ahead with the construction of the massive Tipaimukh barrage-this events collectively impinge on us in more than one ways but the one which directly affects our very ability to survive is the issue of water-sharing of some 53 common rivers between India and Bangladesh. By constructing Tipaimukh and other barrages, India is depriving us of life-giving waters, drastically reducing our ability to survive and therefore this is the issue needing immediate and continued public attention and the subject of this commentary. India has resumed construction of the Tipaimukh barrage on the Barack river just a kilometer north of Jakiganj in Sylhet; the construction work was stalled in March 2007 in the face of protests within and outside India. The barrage when completed in 2012 is supposed to provide 1500 megawatts of hydel power to the Indian state of Assam but in return its going to bring about a major disaster for Bangladesh, practically contributing to drying up of 350 km long Surma and 110 km long Kushiara rivers which water most of the north-eastern regions of Bangladesh. The Tipaimukh barrage is going to seriously affect not only agriculture in large portions of Bangladesh, particularly in winter, but is also going to bring about negative ecological, climatic and environmental changes of vast areas in both Bangladesh and India.

Indian government is constructing the dam without consultation with Bangladesh government, which is violation of International River Law. Three crores people of the northern and eastern parts of the country would be vulnerable seriously when the construction of the dam would be completed by 2012.

It’s not just this one Indian barrage that is a source of considerable concern and trepidation in Bangladesh; in 1976 India put into operation the Farraka Barrage which more or less destroyed the Ganges-Brahamaputra Basin, most of which lies in the deltaic plains of Bangladesh and in 1990 India also constructed a barrage along the Teesta river thereby virtually making ineffective much of the Teesta barrage project constructed down-stream in Bangladesh to support irrigation and agriculture in the north-west region of the country. What is even more worrying is that India has evolved plans to divert waters, from the north of the country to its drought-prone southern and eastern states, of some 53 river which flow from India to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh shares a common border with India in the west, north and east and with Myanmar in the southeast. These borders cut across 57 rivers which discharge through Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal in the south. The upstream courses of these rivers traverse India, China, Nepal and Bhutan. Trans-boundary flows, which enter Bangladesh from remote catchments extending short distance to thousands of kilometers upstream, are the important source of water resources.

Bangladesh gets 7 to 8 percent of its total water from the Barak in India’s northeastern states. Millions of people are dependent on hundreds of water bodies, fed by the Barak, in the Sylhet region for fishing and agricultural activities.

Environmentalists in Bangladesh have held many talks on the adverse impact of the proposed dam. They say the dam would dry up the river and the water bodies in the downstream, leaving millions jobless and upsetting the ecological balance.

Among the trans-boundary rivers, the ones most affected by Indian barrages and their related systems of canals, reservoirs and irrigation schemes are Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna and Teesta. Although the Indian and Bangladeshi governments have a water sharing agreement for the Ganges, there are none for the other 53 rivers that cross the border. With the Tipaimukh barrage now underway, India seems to be going ahead with its mega-project of diverting river waters from its north to its south and east, thereby putting Bangladesh’s very survival at stake.India is taking unilateral decisions about matters which affect Bangladesh’s core interests and if these cannot be resolved bilaterally, Bangladesh must look at options of going to multilateral forums such as the UN to get its right not only recognized but also implemented. International laws dealing with water-sharing of common rivers and sources are ambiguous, unclear and contentious and so, Bangladesh ought to vigorously pursue these matters, perhaps even garner international support for a change in those laws dealing with water-sharing – this international dimension is a crucial factor affecting the management of the trans-boundary river systems. There is thus, no scope for Bangladesh to be deflected from this core issue of water-sharing notwithstanding Indian deceitful and diversionary insistence and propaganda on “terrorists and transit”.

The Indian high commissioner has admitted that a dam will be built on the proposed Tipaimukh hydropower project over the cross-boundary river Barak but said it will not harm Bangladesh.  (But I don’t know how? You will put a barrage in the river and it will not affect the nature???)

The Tipaimukh hydropower project was not like the Farakka irrigation project. A little amount of water will be diverted to produce hydroelectricity and the water will be released soon, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty said.  (So he agreed that Farakka Barrage is a problem for Bangladesh. And saying that Tipaimukh will not be like that! But how Bangladesh would beleive it? India previously said many thing abouthis Farakka Barrage. But ultimately Bangladesh is suffering from it. So how will we beleive that you are talking truth? And one barrage must put it’s adverse effect on nature. And the position of the Barrage clearly indicates that Bangladesh will offcourse suffer with this project. It will be a destructive project for Bangladesh. We must protest it now!)

Bangladesh should not be wary of the project, he told.

He said bilateral discussions have long been on-going on the project. Indian government has invited Bangladesh to see the dam site and its design, Chakravarty said. A Bangladeshi organisation, International Farakka Committee, demanded suspension of  ‘construction of Tipaimukh barrage’ and rightful share of the Indian river Ganges.

The organisation called upon the United Nations to form a regional river commission involving China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Government of Bangladesh and people of Bangladesh must be aware of this project from now and must have to protest. It will come as a destructive project for Bangladesh. bangladesh will become desert if the project is completed. India is using their power to complete this destructive project. They are trying to giving wrong ideas to Bangladesh as they given at the time of constructing Farakka Barrage. They are doing the same thing here. We all now that how Bangladesh is suffering because of this Farakka Project. How our Bangladesh is affected by the Farakka Barrage. We don’t want to see more destruction in bangladeshi economy and nature. We must protest. And it is the time. Bangladeshis must be aware of this from now and this is the only way to safe our beautiful country Bangladesh.

BSF The Killers-Again killed three Bangladeshis.

Another killing festival by BSF (India’s Border Security Force) done yesterday. This time it is in Moyanaguri village of the Majhipara border area in Tentulia, Panchagarh.

An infant, the mother and another Bangladeshi were killed late Sunday night by India’s Border Security Force on the country’s northernmost border. At least one other person, Majeda’s husband Shahidul, 30, was critically wounded and taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.

BSF personnel entered Moyanaguri village of the Majhipara border area in Tentulia, crossing the border through the Pillar-435 area at around 10.15pm.

They started opening fire after villagers had intercepted them.  Shahidul, Majeda and Mamun were shot as they lay asleep in their home.

Shahidul’s neighbour, Alamgir Hossain said: “I was woken by the sound of gunfire and realised it was BSF. I cycled to Matirpara BDR camp for help.”

Two sides traded fire after BDR members reached the spot.

The Indian border guards eventually withdrew. “BDR members with villagers later captured one BSF man,” the major said.

Now my questions is- Why BSF cross border? Because it is not first time. They entered Bangladeshi land before and killed many civilians before. I have few previous posts, which links are given bellow.

Previous Posts:

BSF Killers-Killing Continues!!!

BSF-The Killers!!!

BSF Killers-Killing Continues!!!

I just completed my previous post “BSF-The Killers!!!” and was watching Television News and shocked to see the news.

BSF still contiounes killing Bangladeshis.

But this time is in Jessore.

The BSF shot dead two Bangladeshis on Chougachha border in Jessore Saturday, a day after two BDR members were killed by The Border Security Force of India (BSF).

The dead have been identified as Rezaul Islam (32) and Zainal Abedin (35) of Sukh Pukuria village under Chougachha, Jessore.

BDR Jadavpur company commander Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the BSF had killed the two Bangladeshi youths without any “provocation”. [In my just previous post I wrote that BSF’s regular duty is to kill Bangladeshish regularly and it is just an example.]

“Rezaul Islam and Zainal Abedin were near the barbed wire fencing in Panchpirtala border area around 5am, Hossain said. “At the time, BSF members from Moshrumpur border opened fire on them.”

Rezaul and Zainal collapsed in a hail of bullets and died on the spot, the BDR officer said.

The patrolling BDR members hearing the gunshots retaliated with rounds of blank fire.

BSF dragged the bodies into the Indian territory, the BDR officer said. (In my just Previsous post I also metioned that BSF took the dead body to India after killing)

Indian border guards gunned down two BDR men on the Raghunathpur border in Chapainawabganj early Friday, which coincided with a two-day foreign secretary-level meeting between Bangladesh and India in New Delhi.

Following the incident, the BDR and BSF members held a flag meeting, where Bangladesh border guards pressed for a probe into the killings of the BDR officers.

But I know that it will do nothing. Because BSF will continoue killing and Bangladesh will talk about peace and Indian media will focus the news like that-“Two Bangladeshi smugglers were trying to enter India and they warned them but they didn’t hear and they fired and killed the smugglers.”

BSF-The Killers!!!

The Border Security Force of India (BSF) shot dead two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers at Raghunathpur border under Shibganj upazila in Chainawabganj early yesterday intruding into Bangladesh territory, sparking off tension at all frontiers around the country.

BDR officials said BSF guards opened fired on their personnel when they challenged the latter for illegally entering about 1,300 yards into Bangladesh territory shortly after Thursday midnight.

A group of BSF guards from Neemtita camp under Murshidabad district entered Bangladesh crossing the River Padma on a speedboat and walked over a risen shoal to Raghunathpur village of Durlobhpur union under Shibganj upazila near pillar No 110.

Being informed, a patrol team of BDR from Raghunathpur border post led by Habilder Abdul Hannan Sarker rushed to the village and challenged the intruding BSF men for violating the line of control, reported our Chapainawabganj correspondent.

Two BSF bullets hit Hannan while six hit Lance Nayek Krishnopodo Saha as BSF men suddenly opened fire on them, killing them instantly.

Forces from the 39th rifles battalion later recovered the body of Hannan, 55 of Kritunia Durgahat vilage under Gabtoli in Bogra, and of Saha, 28, of Kholabari Shimakhali village under Shalikha upazila in Magura.

The bodies of the slain BDR soldiers were sent to their homes after post-mortem in Chapainawabganj Sadar Hospital.

A villager Atul Gani that the bodies were recovered from a pool of blood. “Blood marks were also on the trail of BSF men’s escape path,” said the villager. (Source: The Daily Star)

Immediately after the killings, BDR retaliated with full force trading over 200 rounds of shots with BSF for about an hour.

“BSF intruded illegally and opened fire without any provocation,” Director (Operation and Training) of BDR Col Abdul Halim told a hurriedly arranged news briefing at BDR Headquarters in Dhaka.

“In the face of BDR’s counter attack, the BSF men fled leaving their speedboat behind,” Halim said adding that they also arrested an Indian national from the spot.

“We’ve been informed that a BSF member also died in the gunfight,” he told reporters. “The incident could have been prevented had the BSF not opened fire.”

BDR strongly protested the incident. “It’s a serious border violation by BSF,” Lt Col Golam Kibria Md Neyamatullah, commanding officer (CO) of the 39th battalion, told The Daily Star.

BDR members seized the speedboat left by intruding BSF personnel, a walkie-talkie, a BSF cap, and bullet casings from the scene.

It is not the first time BSF crossed Bangladeshi border. They crossed it several times before. They don’t obey the border and crossed several times before and we can say regularly. Previously some BSF people was killed inside Bangladesh in a crops filed few years ago. Except these many prove are there of BSF aggression in Bangladesh.

The killings stirred tensions at other frontiers also where BDR deployed reinforcements ordering them to remain on high alert.

Reinforcements were made at the borders and were kept alert since the morning. Residents of border areas were also seen on guard shoulder to shoulder with BDR personnel.

BDR also warned villagers and farmers of border areas to refrain from going to zero point areas for cultivation. An uneasy calm has been prevailing at the frontiers.

At the flag meeting between sector commanders of BDR and BSF held at Masudpur border point in the afternoon, BSF defended their actions and rejected Bangladesh proposal for a joint investigation into the incident.

Rajshahi BDR sector commander Col Mohammad Iqbal and Bahrampur BSF sector commander DS Sidhu led their respective sides. BSF also did not admit that they had violated the international border but agreed to reduce tension on the borders, meeting sources said. This clearly indicates that BSF truly crossed Bangladeshi border and open fired BDR men.

BBC Bangla Service, however, reported that BSF expressed regret for the killings at the flag meeting as it is normal in heir behavior and which is not new.

BSF regularly killed Bangladeshis inside Bangladeshi border and take they body to India.  It seems that it is their regular duty to kill civillinas of Bangladesh.