Five Bangladeshi nationals were recently apprehended in Tripura for illegally entering India, along with their Indian ‘facilitator’. The suspects were detained at the Badharghat Railway station by a joint team of the Government Railway Police (GRP) and the Railway Police Force (RPF) just as they were about to board the Kolkata-bound Kanchanjunga Express.
An official, speaking to reporters in Agartala on Saturday, revealed that the individuals admitted to being from Bangladesh during questioning. Two of the Bangladeshi citizens possessed national identity cards from their home country, along with a mobile phone. The Indian tout, on the other hand, was found in possession of his documents and some Indian currency. The group was promptly produced before a local court to face charges.
The arrested Bangladeshi nationals were identified as Billal Hossain, Sohel Miah, Ajijul Hakim, Samim Miah, and Hafizul Islam. The Indian tout was identified as Runi Muqsid Khan from Maharashtra. During the preliminary investigation, Khan claimed to be involved in the garments business.
This incident comes on the heels of a statement released by the Border Security Force (BSF) on January 1, which reported the arrest of 744 individuals for illegal border crossings in Tripura in 2023. Among those arrested were 112 Rohingya migrants, 337 Bangladeshi nationals, and 295 Indians.
Tripura, located in northeastern India, shares a border with Bangladesh and is often used as a transit point for illegal immigration. The authorities have been vigilant in their efforts to curb such activities and ensure the security of the region.
Illegal immigration poses various challenges, including national security concerns and potential strain on resources. The Indian authorities remain committed to addressing this issue and maintaining the integrity of the country’s borders.
It is essential for law enforcement agencies to continue their efforts in preventing illegal border crossings and apprehending those involved in facilitating such activities. These arrests serve as a reminder that strict vigilance and cooperation among different agencies are crucial in maintaining the security of the nation.