Silchar: The detention of two Nigerians at Churaibari check gate of Assam on Tripura border in the district of Karimganj on Sunday night by a team of police on patrolling duty punches a hole in our border management. According to information, the Assam police team in course of routine check of night super buses at the check gate originating from different destinations of Tripura found the easily identifiable black skinned foreigners in a bus bound for Guwahati. But before they could detain them, the Nigerians managed to give a slip and escape in to the forested area, taking advantage of the darkness of night.
The team of Assam police reinforced by additional force launched a man hunt in the jungle infested area and could take them into custody from Suknacherra spot. They were brought back to Churaibari police station and interrogated. From their possession, no incriminating documents or any harmful substances were recovered. Fear of the coronavirus looming large, the Nigerians identified as Kanu Kingsby (28) and Chinedu Nangshu (30) were taken to Karimganj Civil Hospital, kept in isolation ward and examined by doctors. They were found to be free from the suspected virus.
As rumour of their being affected by Corona virus spread like wild fire in social media, creating panic and fear, the Deputy Commissioner of Karimganj, Ambamathun MP, convened a press meet this evening to share with the media persons that the Nigerians are virus free and there is no reason to panic. From their interrogation, the police could gather the information that they crossed over to this side of border from Bangladesh through the most porous Kailashahar point of Tripura. They have passport, but no valid documents to enter India. Before that they travelled to Thailand and Turkey.
The big question is how the Nigerians could so easily infiltrate India despite all the high talk of foolproof border management, high alert and surveillance on the frontlines. Bangladeshis could make their way because of the homogenous population on both sides of the border. The easy access by Nigerians demolishes at the same time yet another claim of 3 tier border management, on the front BSF, in the middle watchful guards and on the rear the police. Besides, it also punches hole in the coordination between the administrative and security agencies.