Silchar: Two Ukrainian nationals, who were detained from Badarpur railway station in southern Assam’s Karimganj district on Thursday, have been found to be members of an international bank fraud racket and were arrested and jailed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2019.

The duo was arrested on Friday, after police found that they were travelling from Agartala in Tripura on a New Delhi-bound train without any valid documents like a passport or visa.

Abhishek Bodo, officer in-charge of Government Railway Police (GRP) at the Badarpur railway station said that both the Ukrainian nationals – Trishchynskyi Volodymyr (39) and Nazari Vozniuk (21) – were detained from Tripura Sundari Express at Badarpur railway station, about 30km from Silchar, around 7:30pm on Thursday evening.

“The detainees, who were travelling in the B-4 coach of the train from Tripura’s Agartala to New Delhi, told the railway police that they had come to India as tourists in February and reached Tripura after visiting places like New Delhi and Kolkata and that during their stay in Tripura, their passports and visas were stolen,” Bodo said.

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When the police contacted the Ukrainian embassy in New Delhi to verify their statements, however, they did not find the detainees’ records, following which they were arrested on Friday.

A case (number – 36/2022) under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) 121 (waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India), 121A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section 121) and 511 (attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment) of the Indian Penal Code and other relevant sections of The Foreigners’ Act, 1946 and The Passports Act, 1967 has been registered by the GRP.

“They were produced before a court in Karimganj (on Friday) and remanded to the GRP’s custody for seven days,” Bodo said.

During the course of investigation, the official said, the railway police found that the two arrested Ukrainians were members of an international bank fraud racket and were earlier apprehended in an ATM fraud case and jailed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in June, 2019.

According to the officials, four more Ukranians were arrested in that case. The two Ukranians (Trishchynskyi Volodymyr and Nazari Vozniuk) were released from jail on bail after two years and seven months in January, 2021, following which they contacted a person (agent) in Bangladesh who helped them enter India through Agartala in Tripura illegally.

“They entered Tripura through the border in Akhaura, Bangladesh. They eventually planned to go to New Delhi to obtain some documents, perhaps to stay legally in India, but were caught at the Badarpur railway station,” the GRP officer in-charge said.

He added that the arrested Ukrainians will be further interrogated to find out more details and their intentions behind entering India.

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