Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai anti ex­tor­tion cell has ar­rested 14 Bangladeshi na­tion­als who were il­le­gally work­ing at APMC mar­ket in Vashi on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the ar­rested peo­ple had come to the city by cross­ing the porus Indo-Bangla bor­der in West Ben­gal. They had been stay­ing in the city for the past five to six months and worked as labour­ers in the mar­ket.

“None of the ar­rested peo­ple had any valid visas and pass­port to work in In­dia. Act­ing on a tip-off, we raided the mar­ket and ar­rested all of them on Wed­nes­day. All of them have been sent to ju­di­cial cus­tody on Thurs­day,” said Ra­jan Jag­tap, po­lice in­spec­tor from anti ex­tor­tion cell.

Ac­cord­ing to Jag­tap, there was one more Ban­galdeshi na­tional with the ar­rested peo­ple. But he had valid Bangladeshi pass­port and came to In­dia on work visa. He was re­leased.

Sources from the crime branch said many fam­i­lies in the city are hir­ing Bangladeshi women as do­mes­tic help. Rea­son- th­ese women are hard work­ing. “The big­gest prob­lem in ar­rest­ing th­ese women is, their em­ploy­ers are pro­tec­tive to them,” said a crime branch of­fi­cial.

“Many peo­ple from West Ben­gal are stay­ing in rented houses of Kopar Khairane, Kharghar, Kalam­boli and Pan­vel. The land­lords are also un­able to iden­tify who is from West Ben­gal and who is from Bangladesh as all of them speak the same lan­guage and have the sim­i­lar life­style,” he added.

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