Three girls, who had eloped with their paramours in Bangladesh crossing the international boarder after hoodwinking the border guards of both the nations a few months ago, returned home on Tuesday.
After discussions at the administrative level across both sides of the border, the concerned officers over at Bangladesh agreed to return the girls back to India. However, the boys who had gone there with the girls were earlier sent to Bangladesh.
Three girls from Saltia and Fultola regions of Habra had crossed the border with their boyfriends. They were, however, caught red handed at Jessor when police personnel from Sonadanga police station intercepted them. All the boys and girls were sent to juvenile court on charges of illegal admission into the country. The court instructed them put be sent to correctional homes. The boys were sent to a home at Jessor, while the girls were sent to Dhaka’s Gazipur.
An NGO from Kolkata, which was active in successfully bring them back to the country, informed the matter to state and central government officers of concerned departments.
The girls were brought to the Petrapole border on Tuesday, where they were reunited with their family members. They were reportedly elated after returning to their country. “We were treated there well. We did not feel any inconvenience. We were staying in a home where every one of us was like members of the family,” said one of the girls.
“The Bangladeshi police was also very humble. They did not scare us and instead put us in safe custody. We cannot forget the lesson we learnt from the incident,” said another girl.