4 Bangladeshis ar­rested at Pan­vel, child de­tained

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

Three days af­ter Navi Mum­bai anti-ex­tor­tion cell ar­rested 14 Bangladeshi na­tion­als from APMC mar­ket at Vashi, the New Pan­vel po­lice ar­rested four Bangladeshis, in­clud­ing three women, on Fri­day.

A child was also with the ar­rested peo­ple

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the ar­rested peo­ple came to the city by il­le­gally cross­ing the Indo- Bangla bor­der around six months ago. They stayed at Derowli vil­lage in Pan­vel and did odd jobs to earn their liveli­hood.

Act­ing on a tip-off, the po­lice raided their places on Fri­day and ar­rested all of them.

“The ar­rested man said he had a valid pass­port which he lost a few days ago. But we did not spare him,” said Sachin Gosavi, as­sis­tant sub-in­spec­tor of New Pan­vel po­lice sta­tion.

The ar­rested peo­ple were pro­duced in court on Satur­day and have been sent to ju­di­cial cus­tody.

Ac­cord­ing to se­nior of­fi­cers, there are sev­eral agents who bring Bangladeshis to In­dia from their na­tive places.

“Al­most 99% Bangladeshis, we ar­rested in last one- anda- half- year, came to Mum­bai through such agents,” said a crime branch of­fi­cial.

“The agents re­port­edly bring peo­ple from Bangladesh in groups at night. Once the peo­ple reach West Ben­gal, they get rail­way tick­ets to send them to Mum­bai, Delhi and Chen­nai. No agent has been ar­rested in the city so far,” he added.

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