SHILLONG, Dec 06: 11 Bangladeshis were apprehended by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel from a village lying near the Indo-Bangla border in South Garo Hills District on Wednesday and interestingly, 4 of the apprehended persons are minors.
The 11 people were apprehended by the BSF personnel who were a conducting a routine checking of vehicles which were plying on the National Highway-62 from Baghmara to Tura, as informed by BSF officials on Thursday.
The apprehended adults have been identified as Nirmal Sarkar (34), Pronoy Dey (23) Sapan Barman (33), Kabi Ranjan Dey (25), Nupur Talukdar (22), Suma Sarkar (25), Kana Rai (20), and one Indian Tout namely Manmohan Majumdar (48) who is a resident of Cooch Behar district.
BSF officials also informed that the apprehended minors range in age from two to five years.
Indian currency amounting to Rs 8,000 and Bangladeshi currency of T 47,000 along with other personal belongings were also seized from the apprehended people.
According to the officials, these Bangladesh nationals are residents of Netrakona and Sunamganj of Bangladesh. They further pointed out that due to non-existence of Indo-Bangladesh border fence at many places, at times Bangladeshi nationals illegally enter into Indian territory taking advantage of the thick vegetation.
Stating that at present, just before the general election in Bangladesh, a tense situation has been prevailing and under these circumstances minority communities are seemingly feeling insecure in Bangladesh, the BSF said, “These Hindu Bangladeshis were trying to infiltrate into Indian territory through the unfenced jungle area for further safe passage.”
During the questioning of tout i.e Manmohan Majumdar, it was revealed that he exfiltrated into Bangladesh one week ago and there onwards he contacted all Bangladeshi nationals with the help of one Bangladesh national namely Sukumar Dayal Hajong who is a resident of Nayankandi under Kalmakanda police station in the Netrakona district of Bangladesh.
After reaching Bangladesh he contacted willing Hindus who want to come with him to settle in India. He is one of the most wanted persons in Bangladesh who frequented that country to motivate Hindus to migrate to India.
Majumdar has been arrested earlier by the Bangladesh Police and Border Guards Bangladesh and he also confessed that he was residing in Kalmakanda, Nayabazar in Bangladesh for 17 years.
The apprehended Hindu Bangladeshis confessed that they have relatives who are already residing in Cooch Behar, India.
The apprehended persons and seized items have been handed over to concerned department for further legal action.