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Assam: Goalpara police detains three Bangladesh nationals while they were attempting to cross to other side

Three Bangladesh nationals including two women in possession of Aadhaar card along with a facilitator has been apprehended in Goalpara district of western Assam while they were attempting to cross the border into the neighbouring country.

The three Bangladesh nationals — Karima Akhter (20), Nasreen Khan (27) and Abdul Khan (50) — were apprehended of which, the two women had India’s unique identification Aadhaar card in possession fraudulently procured in Bengaluru of Karnataka.

Their facilitator Abdul Khaleq (75), however hails from Abhayapuri region in Bongaigaon district in western Assam.

Goalpara Police said that they had information of the three detainees attempting to cross the borders with help of Khaleque and organised a raid at Kharmuja area, about 21 kms from Goalpara district headquarters.

“They were planning to cross the borders through rivers in the South Salmara district that shares borders with Bangladesh,” police said.

Assam shares a porous riverine border of 262 kms long with Bangladesh in its three districts — Dhubri and South Salmara in west and Karimganj in south.

Police said that the three detainees used to work at Bengaluru and that they have illegally entered India.

All the three accused hail originally from Bagerhat district in south Western Bangladesh that falls within the Sundarbans where the river Padma meets with the Bay of Bengal.

The infiltrators, if managed to cross the borders, could have reached Bagerhat through water routes as Assam’s Brahmaputra meets with Padma at Bangladesh.

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