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5 Bangladeshi tiols held

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 Oct 2016 12:00 AM GMT

FROM A CORRESPONDENT

SHILLONG, Oct 22: Five Garo tribals of Bangladeshi origin were apprehended along the India -Bangladesh border by Border Security Forces (BSF) on Friday while they were infiltrating into Meghalaya.

According to BSF authorities among those apprehended, two are touts who aid Bangladeshi tiols to enter India by luring them with jobs in coal quarries.

The five detained Bangladeshi tiols were identified as Gopal Marak (52), Piliban Sangma (45), a 15-year-old minor boy Nirupi Sangma (28) and Milition Sangma (18) of Aandpur village under Sumganj district of Bangladesh.

They were apprehended by BSF troops deployed at Gumaghat in South West Khasi Hills district.

“During questioning, it was revealed that Gopal and Piliban (touts) had motivated the other three to work as labourers at Rajaju coal quarry in South West Khasi Hills district by crossing the border,” said the BSF.

“They were infiltrating into Indian territory through Jadukatta River,” added BSF officials.

The detained persons also revealed that the touts, Gopal had worked at 4 Basti, Borsora coal quarry three months ago and Piliban two years ago.

Nirupi Sangma has worked as labour 10 months ago at Rajaju coal quarry in South West Khasi Hills district while the remaining two were intruding into Indian Territory for the first time. Mobile phones with Bangladeshi SIM cards, persol belongings and Indian currency were also recovered from their possession.

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