Agartala: Two Indian farmers were picked up by the Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) for allegedly smuggling drugs 300 metres inside Bangladesh territory, said Tripura Police.
Speaking with EastMojo, Khowai SP Kiran Kumar said four farmers entered Bangladesh through Gate No 26 under Karangi Chhara Border Out Post (BOP). They had received due approval from the Indian security forces.
“Two of the four farmers returned in the afternoon, but the other two did not. The two returning farmers informed the Border Security Force (BSF) that the BGB apprehended the other two farmers, Rajib Debbarma and Gurupada Debbarma, both residents of East Karangi Chhara,” Kumar said.
When BSF officials contacted their counterparts, BGB said they caught the duo selling contraband, Kumar added.
“The BGB has handed over the two Indians to Bangladesh Police. Rajib Debbarma’s wife received a call from Gurupada, asking her to send a photo of their Aadhar cards to the number he called from,” the Khowai Superintendent said.
He also said that the BGB and BSF are likely to hold a flag meeting and discuss the issue. On the Indian side, a missing diary was filed at the Champahaur police station about the disappearance of two farmers on Sunday.
Tripura shares an 856-km-long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which around 67 km area is unfenced.