Tension prevailed in Tripura after BSF personnel gunned down a 24-year-old student along the India-Bangladesh border on suspicion of being a cattle smuggler.

Police said Jasim Mia was killed by the BSF troopers in the wee hours on Monday at Debipur village under Belonia sub-division in southern Tripura.

A BSF official said that their troopers fired in self defence as Jasim had attacked them with a sharp-edged weapon.

The BSF is yet to obtain further details about the incident.

Senior BSF officials have rushed to the spot and are investigating the incident.

The villagers and the deceased’s family members said that Jasim had nothing to do with cattle smuggling and was grazing his cows in the field, which is close to the international border.

The incident sparked protests by the villagers.

Senior police officials with reinforcements have reached the spot, 135 km south of Agartala.

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