BGB assured that verification of their addresses will be carried out and thereafter suitable decisions will be taken Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: At least 12 Bangladeshi nationals, who tried to enter Indian territory through Miyapara village of Tripura’s Sepahijala district on Saturday, are still stranded in zero line along the Indo-Bangla border.

Speaking with EastMojo, Border Security Force (BSF) PRO said that his men who were patrolling in the fencing area thwarted the attempt of 12 Bangladeshi nationals, including seven children and four women, to enter the Indian side on Saturday.

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“During preliminary investigation, they confessed that they are the residents of Comilla district of Bangladesh. A company commander-level flag meeting was held two days ago with Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) followed by a battalion commander-level meeting, however the outcomes were not fruitful,” the PRO said.

A press release issued by the BSF also informed that after providing evidence proving the identity of 12 stranded persons who are Bangladeshi nationals, the Border Guards of Bangladesh did not respond with a positive outcome.

On July 11, around 7 pm, 12 persons including a man, four women and seven hildren were traced near Border Pillar No. 2039/12-S in Miyapara village of Sepahijala district.

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During inquiry by BSF, they revealed that they all are residents of Harikula of Comilla district in Bangladesh.

The stranded persons have been identified as KulsumBibi (60), Barsida Begam (35), RajitaBegam (30), Mohinuddin (22), SajanaBegam (21) , Shakil Miah (14), Ravena Khatun (12), Sakib (11), Raja Hossain (9), Rashmi Akhtar (4), Alia Khatun (3), Rajaul Hossain (2).

“During the meeting, BGB Commander denied to accept those 12 Bangladeshi nationals as they were not in possession of any valid documents to establish their identity as Bangladesh nationals,“ a press statement read.

However, BGB assured that verification of their addresses will be carried out and thereafter suitable decisions will be taken.

Later, BGB was apprised to take back those 12 Bangladeshi Nationals on the basis of their home address revealed by them. But, no satisfactory reply was received from BGB.

As per the understanding between the BSF and BGB, women and children apprehended at the International Border have to be handed over/accepted by BGB/BSF, subject to confirmation of their nationality, immediately after apprehension, treating them as victims of human trafficking.

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However, Bangladesh authorities have been delaying such confirmation despite evidence handed over to BGB by BSF during the Commandant level flag meeting.

Recultantly all the 12 Bangladeshi Nationals are still stranded on the International Boundary and they have been provided with basic amenities by BSF and locals on humanitarian grounds, the press release added.

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