Tripura Bangladesh

Agartala: Three women Bangladesh nationals detained for unlawfully infiltrating Indian territory went missing from government custody at Kailashahar, the district headquarters of Tripura’s Unakoti district.

They were supposed to be deported on Saturday in presence of officials of both the countries but could not be found anywhere.

The lone person who was sent back to his country was Istamur Ali.

The incident emerged as an embarrassment for the Police and Civil administration as the police had no information regarding the missing infiltrators.

Police sources said the missing persons are Lalmati Rani Sarkar, Janata Sarkar and Khela Rani Sarkar of Nabiganj area, which falls under the Habiganj district of Bangladesh.

“For a long period, the borders were sealed owing to the Covid pandemic. Kailashahar shares a stretch of the 45-kilometre border with Bangladesh, and on several occasions, reported cases of illegal infiltration.

To ensure strict restrictions imposed on borders, the people’s movement was banned, and hence, for a long period, no repatriation of illegal intruders could take place. Finally, after verification of the detained persons, both the countries agreed to deport them through the local land customs station on Saturday, but out of four listed persons three were missing”, said police sources.

After detention at the Putiabazar area under the Kailashahar police station, police produced all the illegal migrants before the Court. The Court awarded them imprisonment, and when the punishment was over police lodged them in makeshift government custody located at a local school complex.

Sub-divisional magistrate Kailashahar Pradip Sarkar, SDPO Dr Chandan Saha, Assistant commandant BSF Sadbir Singh, led the Indian delegation during the repatriation of Istamur Ali, while Sahidul Islam and Asikur Rahaman joined the procedure from Bangladesh side.

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