15/09/2015 12:11 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

BSF Jawan Drowns While A Chasing Smuggler Near Bangladesh Border

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BALURGHAT — A BSF jawan allegedly drowned while swimming in a bid to catch a smuggler at Hili near Bangladesh border in South Dinajpur district today.

A BSF sector commander ranked official said Prashanta Roy drowned when he was swimming to get hold of a smuggler, who jumped into a local river which separates the two countries.

As Roy raised an alarm, local people and jawans dived into the river and brought him up.

However, he was declared dead at Balurghat Hospital.

The rifle of the jawan, from which he had fired one shot during the chase, was also recovered from the water, the official said.

Roy hailed from neighbouring Alipurduar district.

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