Bangla infiltrators take refuge in Jaintia Hills coal quarries

 SHILLONG: Even as the Border Security Force (BSF) posted along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya have apprehended several Bangladeshi nationals trying to illegally cross the border over the past few days, the coal belts in the Jaintia Hills here have become a favoured destination for the infiltrators. Acting on specific inputs, BSF troops stationed at Hangaria Border Outpost, Ex-98 Battalion, deployed in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya apprehended four Bangladeshi illegal immigrants while they were illegally entering the country near Border Post 1310/10-R on Monday.

"The infiltrators were identified as Islamuddin, Sahin Ahmed, Momud Rashid and Ishaq Ahmed, all from Sylhet district of Bangladesh. A total of Bangladeshi currency Taka 1,315 was also recovered from their possession," a BSF spokesperson at the Meghalaya Frontier Headquarters here said.

"During preliminary inquiry, the apprehended Bangladeshi immigrants revealed that they were going to coal quarries in Khlerihat coal mine areas in East Jaintia Hills District. They also revealed that a Bangladeshi tout namely Hussain facilitated the cross border movement in lieu of 1500 Bangladeshi Taka per head," the BSF revealed.

"Notably, the Meghalaya Frontier BSF is keeping a strict vigil on the border to check the infiltration of the illegal immigrants into the Indian territory. During the month of November so far, the BSF troops have apprehended 23 illegal immigrants from the Meghalaya border," the BSF official added. He further added that the apprehended persons and seized items have been handed over to concerned department for disposal and legal action as per law of the land.

Recently, BSF troops at BOP Umkiang, Ex-98 Battalion deployed in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya had apprehended three Bangladeshi illegal immigrants while they were infiltrating from Bangladesh to India near Border Post 1329/9-s. The trio was identified as Bakiruddin, Abdul Khalik and Mohammedd Jaid, also from Sylhet district of the neighbouring country. "During preliminary questioning, the apprehended Bangladeshi nationals revealed that one Bangladeshi tout namely Sukur Ali was facilitating their trans-border movement. However, he managed to flee to Bangladeshi territory," the BSF had said. These Bangladeshi illegal immigrants too intended to go to the coal quarries in Khlerihat coal mine areas in East Jaintia Hills, the BSF added.