The three soldiers of 11 Rapid Action Battalion of Bangladesh in plain clothes had illegally entered Indian territory on Thursday

Agartala: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday evening detained five Bangladeshi nationals including three soldiers from Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and two women from Rahimpur village in Sepahijala district of Tripura.

A press note handed over to the media informed that on Thursday around 8.15 am, five Bangladeshi nationals comprising three men and two women, illegally crossed the international boundary and entered into an Indian village, Rahimpur, located ahead of the security fencing.

“These Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended by the villagers and subsequently handed over to the BSF. During preliminary questioning, it was revealed that the three men are part of the Intelligence Branch of 11 Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh and tasked by Mohidul Islam, Additional SP and Coy Cdr to carry out a covert operation to apprehend an Indian drug smuggler, namely, Abu Khair, a resident of Rahimpur village, residing ahead of the security fence and another BD drug smuggler namely Mashooq Mia, who was staying in the house of his aunt (mousi) in village Rahimpur at the time of the operation,” the press note said.

As per the plan, on early Thursday morning, the RAB team left Comilla for Rahimpur village for the intended operation and picked up two Bangladeshi women en route as their informers. They reached Sasidal railway station near the border in a government vehicle and thereafter hired an auto rickshaw to reach near the international boundary, the press note informed.

Around 7.30 am, RAB personnel in plainclothes along with the women informants crossed the international boundary and illegally entered the house of an Indian national, Abu Khair, with the intention to arrest him.

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On reaching the house, the operation party of 11 RAB Battalion started handcuffing Khair. On being resisted by members of his family, RAB personnel assaulted his wife and daughter. In the meantime, hearing about the commotion, other residents of the neighbourhood assembled and overpowered all of them.

They were subsequently beaten up by the villagers. Taking advantage of this situation, BD drug smuggler namely Mashooq Mia ran away from Rahimpur village.

The villagers later handed over them to the BSF. During frisking, one pistol with seven rounds of bullets, two handcuffs, two RAB identity cards, two civil identity cards, seven mobile phones, 1,50,000 Bangladeshi currency was recovered from their possession by the BSF.

Later on, a flag meeting was held between BSF and Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB), during which the five Bangladeshis, along with all recovered items, were handed over to BGB as a goodwill gesture in view of the coordinated border management plan between the two nations, the statement said.

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