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Photojournalist Seized at the India-Bangladesh Border

By Hanae Ko

The India-Bangladesh border where Shahidul Alam was detained on June, 2009. 

Courtesy Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World.

DHAKA — On June 15, the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) detained Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam after he was found taking pictures of the India-Bangladesh border near Rowmari, India. Alam was held for six hours before being released to the Bangladesh Rifles-- (BDR), a paramilitary force that guards the border, which sued him for illegal intrusion.

Alam, founder of Dhaka-based photo agency Drik, entered Rowmari on June 15 as part of

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