Five Bangladeshi nationals were arrested from the Hamsavar Express bound for Bengaluru at Dharmanagar railway station in North Tripura district on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters, officials from the state police named the Bengalis as Rafeeq-ul-Islam, Shafiq-ul-Islam, Shahab Ali Sheikh, Mumtaz Aktar and Rosina Begum.

“We received a tip that a few suspected Bengali nationals were about to board the Agartala-Bengaluru Humsafar Express train. We conducted a search of the train with officials from the State Railways Police and Border Security Force and focused on five persons on the basis of suspicion. An official at the center said Local police: “They later admitted during initial interrogation that they are Bangladeshis.”

According to preliminary information, the five confessed that they had crossed the international border through the Umtali district of Bangladesh. They admitted that they had paid 20,000 rupees each to take them to Bengaluru.

The official said that a case has been registered and an investigation has begun.

Earlier on May 16, five Rohingyas were arrested from the same railway station after illegally crossing the Indo-Bengali international border and trying to board a train in a bid to reach Jammu.

Three Bangladeshi nationals were arrested for entering India through the Indo-Bangla border at Latiyapara Panchayat village in Kailashahar of Unakkoti district in March this year.

According to the Banque Saudi Fransi report, 369 people, including 59 Rohingyas, 160 Indians and 150 Bangladeshi nationals, were arrested in various operations in Tripura in 2022.

The figures were higher than the previous year when 208 ‘infiltrators’ were arrested while trying to cross the Indo-Bangla international border in different parts of Tripura, among them 115 Indian nationals and 93 Bangladeshi nationals.

Tripura shares an international border of 856 km with Bangladesh, parts of which are still unfenced.


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