1 held for traf­fick­ing woman across In­dia-Bangla bor­der

The Asian Age - - Nation - RAJIB CHOWDHURI

All In­dia Road Trans­port Work­ers Fe­dra­tion ac­tivists stage a protest against the hike in fuel prices in Patna on Fri­day.

A man was caught red­handed by the Bor­der Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) while traf­fick­ing a woman across the In­di­aBanglades­h bor­der in North 24 Par­ganas of West Ben­gal. The ac­cused, Prodip Biswas (31), is from Ra­jbal­labpur at Habra of the dis­trict. The BSF has lodged an FIR against him with the police.

At around 2.20 pm on Thurs­day the BSF troops (112 bat­tal­ion) at bor­der out­post Tar­ali found a man and a woman, on the pil­lion, trav­el­ling on a mo­tor­cy­cle merely 450 me­tres away from the in­ter­na­tional bound­ary (IB). They stopped them for ques­tion­ing.

Prodip and the woman first claimed them­selves as a cou­ple. The BSF team asked them to show their iden­tity proof. Prodip in­tro­duced him­self as a civic police vol­un­teer, posted at the Swarup­na­gar police sta­tion. He how­ever tried to es­cape by run­ning away, only to be caught af­ter a chase of 100 me­tres by the troops, the BSF South Ben­gal Fron­tier stated.

The 23-year-old woman, from Amin Ba­gar in Darus­salam of Dhaka, was car­ry­ing 40,120 Taka (In­dian value: `35,396) which were seized, it added. Her hus­band, aged 26, from Ar­jun­pur in Dum Dum works at a com­pany in Bangladesh. She and Prodip were de­tained. Two mo­biles and the twowheeler were seized from Prodip.

He al­leged to the BSF that the ap­pre­hended woman’s mother-in-law met him at the gate of Swarup­na­gar police sta­tion two days ago to en­sure safe passage from Bangladesh side to her daugh­ter-in-law, stuck across the IB, in ex­change of money. The woman told the BSF that her in-laws paid `26,000 to Prodip.

The BSF also found the pho­tos of coun­ter­foils of pay­ment slips for the amount trans­fer through bank trans­ac­tions.

— PTI

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