The Border Security Force (BSF) in East Jaiñtia Hills is searching for several Bangladeshi nationals believed to have crossed into India illegally yesterday.
Based on credible inputs that a group of Bangladeshis would try to cross over illegally through unfenced parts of the Indo-Bangla border, a joint operation was launched yesterday by police from Umkiang, Ratacherra and the BSF at Umkiang border outpost.
While the police were on the lookout to nab the intruders, they spotted one person who emerged from the jungle near Pyrtakuna village and hopped into a grey coloured Maruti Alto (AS 11 CC 4582). On spotting the police and BSF, the driver of the vehicle tried to speed away but the authorities were able to intercept the car at Kuliang village after an intense chase.
The driver, Warif Uddin Laskar, of Sarapur, Assam, was questioned and his answers proved to be less than satisfactory to the police. The passenger only spoke Bengali and, through unofficial interpreters, it was learnt that the man, identified as Masum Uddin, was from Bangladesh and he revealed that more of his compatriots had entered Indian territory illegally at the same time but fled into the jungle on seeing the party of BSF personnel.
Combing operations by the border force are ongoing in order to nab these Bangladeshis. Laskar and Uddin were taken to the Lumshnong police station where a case was registered against them.
East Jaiñtia Hills Superintendent of Police, Jagpal Singh Dhanoa informed that in the past 52 days, 26 Bangladeshi nationals who crossed the border illegally have been arrested in the district and four cases have been registered against them.