Ten suspected Bangladeshi nationals were apparently on their way to Chennai for work, and had previously been suspected of using that path to illegally enter India and travel to the southern metropolis, according to a police official.
During independent search operations of vehicles coming from Tripura, ten suspected Bangladesh nationals reportedly commuting without proper papers were apprehended, along with a suspected Indian middleman, in Assam’s Karimganj district, a police official said on Saturday.
Illegal immigrants arrested after routine vehicle search
They were supposedly on their way to Chennai for business and had previously been suspected of using the same path to illegally enter India and travel to the southern metropolis, he added.
Monoranjan Sinha, the in-charge of the Bazaricherra police station, said the suspected illegal immigrants were apprehended following a routine vehicle search at Churraibari point when they entered Assam from Tripura.
He stated that the arrests were made in three separate raids during the last 24 hours.
Suspected Indian intermediary also arrested during one raid
In one of the raids, a suspected Indian intermediary was also apprehended, and the drivers of the vehicles were detained for questioning, according to Mr Sinha.
They allegedly confessed they were on their way to Chennai to work at restaurants there during interrogation, according to another police official.
“They had earlier also travelled through this route with help of middlemen on the Indian side and proceeded for work to southern cities,” he further added.