DHAKA - A video showing Indian border guards torturing a Bangladeshi national has prompted widespread condemnation and anger in Bangladesh. Eight Indian BSF guards have been suspended in connection with the incident. The mobile phone footage shows the soldiers stripping and assaulting a suspected cow smuggler in Murshidabad. The BSF is investigating what it called a ‘despicable’ incident. The Bangladesh government has not yet responded. It says it is awaiting the results of the Indian investigation. The grainy video shows a young man being stripped, bound to a bamboo pole and beaten by the soldiers. It is not clear who shot the video.

"There is no doubt that the act is a despicable one. It is evident that eight soldiers were involved in this incident which happened on December 9," senior BSF official Ravi Ponoth told BBC. Ponoth said the soldiers were on duty at a border outpost in Raninagar area of Murshidabad.

Bangladeshi media and human rights groups condemned the beating and social networking sites like Facebook are also full of comments by angry citizens.  Odhikar, a human rights organisation which has been documenting the killing of Bangladeshi civilians along the 4,000km border by Indian forces, said the incident was ‘totally unacceptable, totally inhuman and unjust’. "The border has become the bloodiest one in the world," Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of Odhikar, told BBC.