Four Bangladeshi nationals were arrested by the North 24-Parganas police from the bordering areas of Basirhat on early Wednesday morning.
The incident has, however, aroused suspicion among the investigating officers about their purpose of sneaking into the country. The officers were investigating if they were a part of any Bangladeshi extremist outfit.
The senior police officers in the district are concerned because many Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested from different parts of the district in the past few months. They have, however, started a detailed probe into the incident.
It was learnt that these persons have been arrested from the Hingalgunj area during a special raid jointly conducted by the police and Border Security Force personnels.
Police have come to know through the investigation that the accused had entered into the Indian Territory by crossing the river Kalindi. Police were investigating if they had plans of carrying out any anti-social element.
The district police and the BSF have intensified their vigil on the bordering area especially after a terror threat.
It may be mentioned that a few days ago, the Police had arrested nine Bangladeshi nationals, including a woman, from Anantapur area in Basirhat.
Police are not ruling out the possibility of them being involved in illegal activities in the border areas. Police were also interrogating the accused to know whether they had links with any terrorist outfit.
The incident has raised a question mark on the role of BSF jawans who were there along the Indo – Bangladesh border in the area. Many have raised questions that despite the presence of BSF in the area how the Bangladeshi nationals were entering the state through Indo-Bangladesh border in the Basirhat sub-division.
Police had come to know that some Bangladeshi nationals would get assembled in Hingalgunj area and hence, the senior police officer from Basirhat raided the place and arrested the accused.
As all the accused failed to provide any valid documents, the police have arrested them on charges of illegally crossing the border.
The accused, however, told the police that they were going to some other part of the country for work as labourers. They entered India with the help of a tout who helps people cross the border.
In September, a Bangladeshi national was arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) at Hili in South Dinajpur while the accused was smuggling banned cough syrup, which is consumed to get intoxicated.