Spending several years in a jail in Bangladesh, two men from Assam’s Hojai district have finally been set free and returned to their homes.
Identified as Hussain Dilowar and Selim Uddin, the personnel of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) handed over the two to Border Security Force (BSF) officials at Sutarkandi border checkpoint in Karimganj district on Thursday.
The BSF later handed the duo to the local police and the latter sent them back to their respective homes after a brief interrogation.
Police personnel from Hojai and Karimganj were present at the border when the duo was released.
It may be mentioned here that the duo accidentally entered the Bangladesh territory when they were nabbed by BGB jawans and handed over to Bangladesh police.
The Bangladesh police later produced the duo in a court, which later sentenced them to rigorous imprisonment.
However, following discussions between Indian and the Bangladesh High Commissioners, decision was taken to finally release the duo and accordingly they were sent to India via Sutarkandi international border.
It may be mentioned here that one Bangladeshi national identified as Babul Roy was also deported back to Bangladesh through the Sutarkandi check post on Thursday.
Roy had entered India accidentally four years back through Patharkandi area in Karimganj and since then he has been lodged in a detention camp in Assam.
It may be mentioned here that in October 2018, thirty persons from the neighbouring nation were arrested by Government Railway Police (GRP) and were remanded to judicial custody. Six out of the arrested nationals were juvenile and they were sent to juvenile home, while the other 14 were sent to judicial custody.
These Bangladeshi nationals were arrested from the Guwahati Railway Station and they were staying in the state without proper documents.
The several detention camps across Assam are filled with Bangaldeshi nationals, some arrested decades ago, and there are no signs of them being deported back to their native nation.