The Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday handed over 29 Bangladeshi nationals to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) jawans at Benapole checkpost.
Sources said BSF officers caught 29 Bangladeshi nationals in a bordering area near Bongaon when they were sneaking into the country.
There were 8 women, 17 men and 4 children. Investigations revealed that someone had trapped them after assured better jobs in India and directed them to sneak into the country.
This was the reason why they had risked their lives to cross the border. But they were caught by the BSF jawans on Saturday night.
The people were from different places in Bangladesh including Chattagram, Burabazar, Bagerhaat, Khulna, Gopalgunj and Jassore.
Meanwhile, BSF on Sunday arrested three people on charges of smuggling opium from Kaliachak in Malda. Around 3.5 kg opium and a motorbike were seized.
Acting on a tip-off, BSF jawans launched a special operation at Nawada area. At 7.30 pm on Saturday, the jawans saw three people riding on a motorbike. After searching them, a bag containing opium was recovered. The accused were identified as Saliesh Mandal (23), Bholu Sheikh (19) and Abdul Manan (23). All three are residents of Kadamtola village at Kaliachak in Malda. The seized materials were handed over to the Narcotics Control Bureau.
In another two other case, BSF jawans seized ganja weighing around 3.5 kg from Narsaripara bordering area and 1.8 kg ganja from near Nandanpur. In these two cases, the seized ganjas were handed over to Hugalberia police station and Tehatta police station respectively.
Sandeep Salunke, Inspector General, BSF (South Bengal Frontier), has issued guidelines to further strengthen the security in the bordering areas to check smuggling and anti national activities in the bordering areas in South Bengal. Following the orders, field commanders took necessary steps to maintain extra vigil on border to check foil the attempts of smugglers and if anybody tries to take any anti-national steps.