13 Bangladeshis held in Bengal for trying to cross international border illegally BSF

    Kolkata, Sep 16 (PTI) Thirteen Bangladeshi nationals,
including five women and three children, were apprehended from
West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district, while trying to
cross over to the neighbouring country illegally, a BSF
spokesperson said on Wednesday.
    They were caught by a special patrolling team of the
Panchberia outpost of the Border Security Force on Tuesday, he
    During interrogation, five men of the 13 Bangladeshi
nationals claimed that they had entered India several years
back illegally, he said, adding that they were working as
masons in Mumbai and living in the Nalasopara area there.
    "The Bangladeshis claimed they were going back to
Bangladesh to visit their native place and relatives. They
were helped by a tout based in Kolkata," the spokesperson
    The tout got them in touch with an agent in Bagdah
area of North 24 Parganas district, who allegedly took Rs 1
lakh to help them cross the border, he said.
    "Over Rs 1.27 lakh cash, some gold and silver
ornaments, an LCD screen and other items were seized from
them. The Bangladeshis and recovered items were handed over to
Bagdah police station for further legal action," the BSF
official added. PTI AMR

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