Guwahati: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday detained five Bangladeshi nationals for allegedly illegally crossing the international border in Assam's South Salmara Mankachar district.
As per an official statement from BSF, they crossed the international border unwittingly and were handed over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on humanitarian grounds as a goodwill gesture.
On August 18, in a similar incident in the same district where two Bangladeshi nationals illegally crossed the border were sentenced to five years imprisonment by the District and Sessions court of South Salmara Mankachar.
Besides this, the court had also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on both the Bangladeshi nationals identified as Abdul Hai and Niranjan Ghosh.
The court also said that the failure to payment of the fine will lead to imprisonment of another six months for both Bangladeshi citizens.
On August 12, another three alleged illegal immigrant Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended at the Kempegowda International Airport and were sent to judicial custody.
During the investigation, it was revealed that they were natives of the neighbouring country and had sneaked into India through the porous border in 2013.
The trio was identified as Shayan Das (25), Nikhilesh Das (34), and Amin Mohammed Chowdhury (27) and were detained by immigration officials upon suspicion.
The Union Home Ministry recently on July 2022 announced in Lok Sabha that in five years from 2017 to 2022, there have been 2,399 illegal immigrants hailing from Bangladesh found to be using false documents in India. While answering the queries put forward in the Lower House of the Parliament, Nityanand Rai, the Union Minister of State for Home stated that the blocking of the Bangladeshi locals happened at Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) commanded under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Immigration (BoI).
The MHA later announced that the state governments have been instructed to share the specific particulars of the illegal immigrants who have falsely acquired Aadhar cards for implementing appropriate legal measures. Calling off identification documents like driving licenses, voter cards, etc obtained against the law by unlawful immigrants is also a part of the SOP when such illegitimate persons are prohibited from time to time.