The Airport police recovered fake Indian Aadhaar cards from the 12 suspected Bangladeshi Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: The Tripura police have arrested 12 suspected Bangladeshi nationals from the Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) airport after the airport staff found them carrying fake Aadhaar cards while getting their boarding pass for a flight to Chennai on Monday.

Speaking with EastMojo, Airport police station officer-in-charge Sashi Mohan Debbarma said, “We have arrested 12, including one woman after they failed to produce any original document to prove their identity as Indian citizens. They had tickets booked for a flight to Chennai,” Debbarma said.

He also said that a case had been registered against them, and they would be produced in the court on Tuesday.

On November 24, 14 passengers were made to deboard the Agartala-New Delhi train. During interrogation, it was found that all of them had fled from the refugee camp of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.

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The former governor of Tripura and Meghalaya Tathagata Roy, had also alleged that Rohingyas are ‘trickling’ into India through Chittagong Hill Tracts-Tripura border on December 2 last.

In a press statement issued December 1, the Border Security Force (BSF) said their troopers had apprehended 130 illegal intruders and immigrants on the international border between December 1, 2019 and December 1, 2020. This included 86 Indian nationals, who had crossed the border without proper documents to meet family members, and 44 Bangladeshi nationals.

Tripura shares a 856-km border with Bangladesh, which is guarded by the 18 BSF battalions deployed under 04 Sector headquarters in the state.

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