DHUBRI, May 3 - In all, 26 Bangladeshi nationals travelling from Jorhat with an objective to cross the India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal was stopped at Bahalpur area of Dhubri district.
Talking to this Correspondent, the SDPO of Bilasipara, Bhargav Muni Das stated that at around 6:30-7 am on Sunday, these Bangladeshi nationals possessing passport and visa were stopped along the border of Dhubri district at Bahalpur area. He informed that all the Bangladeshi nationals were adult males and migrant labourers.
It was also informed that both the vehicles (AS 01 HC 5934 and AS 04 BC 1383) were seized as they did not possess pass and the Jorhat district administration did not communicate with the authorities of Dhubri for such inter-district travel.
�We are conducting their medical check-up,� said Das and added that all the Bangladeshi nationals are under police custody.
However, it was informed by an investigating officer that the visa that these Bangladeshi nationals were showing are tourist visas, while they themselves are claiming that they have come to Assam to work in various sectors of the fishing industry.
As per their statement, they were working as fishermen in Jorhat and Sivasagar districts. They borrowed the vehicles from Kokilamukh off Jorhat. They resolved to travel to Chagolia by these vehicles, from where they would have crossed the border to West Bengal and subsequently the international border to visit Bangladesh amid the lockdown, informed police.
Talking to this Correspondent, Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Anant Lal Gyani said the entire matter had been handed over to police for proper verification of the passports, documents and visas, besides the purpose of travel and time period of the visas.
�The entire matter is under investigation. As soon as the probe ends, we will take action as per rules,� said Gyani.
Meanwhile, the action by Dhubri Police is being widely appreciated as these vehicles which were moving from Jorhat to Dhubri by crossing so many districts was finally detained in Dhubri district by the local police.