It takes only 2,000 Taka (in Bangladeshi currency or R1,380) to migrate into the country from the IndiaBangladesh border in West Bengal. Racketeers, allegedly having links with security personnel there, facilitate illegal migration of Bangladeshi nationals for money.
Five illegal Bangladeshi and three Nepali immigrants who were arrested in Charbagh on Tuesday night made these startling revelations. Charbagh police outpost in-charge AK Srivastava arrested them after a tip-off about their illegal stay in the area. While four people were arrested from a Charbagh hotel, the others were nabbed from Qaiserbagh.
Sources said the Bangladeshis entered the country through the Benapole-Haridaspur border, nearly 1360 km from Lucknow. They said the rigorous interrogation of the arrested persons hinted towards a nationwide racket of illegal immigration, which apparently had terror links.
Sleuths of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau and state Intelligence also grilled the arrested persons apprehending the terror links, added sources.
“The Bangladeshi nationals migrated into India illegally and then managed to prepare forged passports of Nepal through their links in the Himalayan kingdom. They stayed back in India and most of them are suspected to be sleeping modules of terror outfits,” said a source.
The three Nepali nationals arrested helped the Bangladeshis procure forged passports, added the source. Racketeers charge R1,380 to help Bangladeshi nationals migrate into India, he said.
“The arrested persons were brought across the border by a Bangaldeshi national Abu Qasim, who stays in Kolkata,” said the source. He said Qasim visited Lucknow on March 3 and returned immediately after meeting the immigrants. Qasim’s Bangaldeshi passport was also recovered from the arrested persons.
ASP (West) Ajay Kumar said four of the accused, including a Bangladeshi national Shah Jalal Khan, who is a close associate of Abu Qasim, and three Nepali nationals -Kedar Nath Khatipada, Khadag Bahadur Tamanga and Padamraj Giri -were arrested from Baba Lodge in Charbagh.
The four others were arrested later from a flat in Qaiserbagh’s Cooks Compound locality. They were identified as Kamal Hossein, Mohd Abul Qasim, Jalal and Iliyaz, he said.
The ASP said the police team seized at least four Bangladeshi passports and 12 Nepali passports from them. Preliminary probe confirmed that all the Nepali passports were forged.