There are 13 children among the detainees
Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended at the Guwahati Railway Station as they prepared to board the Kanchenjunga Express. They were arrested by Assam’s Railway Protection Force during a routine check.
Speaking to this correspondent by phone, Deputy Superintendent of Assam’s Railway Police (Headquarters) Mohammad Iftekar Ali said: “It was around 10am, those Bangladeshi nationals were preparing to board the Kanchenjunga Express to Agartala.
“In the initial interrogation, they failed to produce a valid document of Indian citizenship.”
DSP Iftekar Ali added: “The suspects readily admitted that they hail from Bagerhat district of Bangladesh’s Khulna division, and had illegally trespassed into India 2-3 years ago. They went to Bangalore for petty work.
“The suspected individuals also admitted that they came to Guwahati by Bangalore Express on Sunday, and spent the night on the railway platform. After arriving in Guwahati, they were planning to enter Bangladesh through Agartala.”
DSP Iftekar Ali confirmed that the suspected Bangladeshi nationals were 31 in number – 10 of them male, eight female – and included 13 children.
The DSP also stated that the detained Bangladeshi nationals are being treated humanely and they have been served: tea, biscuits, food, and water.