SHILLONG, March 1 - The Border Security Force (BSF) apprehended nine Bangladeshi nationals at the weekly market at Khanjoy in South West Khasi Hills district and later handed them over to the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB).
BSF officials said that during the past few days, there was intense vigil on the Indo-Bangladesh border following inputs of possible infiltration and cattle smuggling.
Special operations have also been launched by the BSF personnel deployed at Kaithakona in South West Khasi Hills since February 25.
During the operations, nine Bangladeshi nationals, including one man and eight women, were nabbed while they were on their way to the weekly market at Khanjoy. The apprehended persons are residents of Kaithakona village in Sunamganj district of Bangladesh.
After interrogation, all the apprehended persons were handed over to the BGB following an assurance that legal action would be initiated against them.
BSF officials said Kaithakona is very close to the International Border and because of gaps in the border fencing, Bangladeshi nationals illegally enter Indian territory by taking advantage of the thick vegetation.