Student Rasel Mia Lost His Eyesight by Bullet Shot of Indian BSF

Md. Rasel Mia (14) of Kurigram who sustained rubber-bullet injuries in firing by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) while grazing the cattles near the border area inside the territory of Bangladesh has lost the eyesight of his right eye. Last year, on 30 April 2018, he had been shot while he was in the Banidaon river of Krishnanendu Bakshi village of Fulbaria Upazila, Kurigram. He was taken to a private medical of Rangpur immediately and then referred to the National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital in Dhaka and got admitted on 5 May 2018. He was released on 30 May 2018 after 24 days of treatment. Doctors opined that he has lost the eyesight of his right eye. ASK conducted a fact-finding of the incident. Following that on 17 May 2018, Rasel came to ASK office and ASK assisted him to apply for legal aid demanding the punishment of the perpetrators. Rasel has also applied to the High Commission of India in Bangladesh, Calcutta High Court and a human rights organization of India Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) demanding justice and better treatment. Later on, the High Commissioner of India Harsh Vardhan Shringla invited Rasel through ASK and expressed sorrow and assured to take the responsibility of his better treatment in India.
Despite the treatment, Rasel came back to Bangladesh, with still no eye-sight. However, the doctors in India did prescribe a medication for a 3 months period, following which he will be going back to India for a follow-up check-up on his eye-sight condition. In addition to that, the Indian High Commission has and is continuing to maintain contact with Rasel regarding his current condition.
The initial fact-finding of this incident was conducted by the HRDF-Kurigram, and it was through their consistent support and follow-up with the incident with the victim and his family members which ensured his family to receive the subsequent assistance and support from the Indian authorities. The HRDF-Kurigram continues to do follow-up of this incident.