Guwahati: Amid a crackdown against terror outfits in the state, the Biswanath police on Saturday detained a group of 17 Bangladeshi nationals from Brahmaputra Chapori on Saturday for violation of visa norms.
According to police, the 17 Bangladeshi nationals were allegedly camping at the Baghmari area under the Jinjia police station in Biswanath district for the last three days and were carrying out religious preaching activities on a small scale.
Speaking to the media, Biswanath Superintendent of police, Navin Singh said, “This group belongs to a particular sect and the members entered Assam via Cooch Behar along with their religious teacher Ashraful Alom of Sherpur district in Bangladesh.”
It is learned that Bangladeshi nationals have entered India via Cooch Behar on various dates in the month of August 2022.
A few days later, they entered the South Salmara district in Assam and engaged themselves in religious preaching.
After the incident came into the light, Fakirganj Police Station in South Salmara earlier warned the Bangladeshi group to stop public preaching in the state. “On being interrogated at Fakirganj Police Station, the group claimed that they will head towards Ajmer Sharif Dargah and Delhi. But after a few days, they again entered Assam and started preaching in remote/riverine areas of Baghmari in Biswanath district,” added the SP Biswanath.
The top district cop also mentioned that the riverine area of Baghmari is a hot spot for several criminal activities including Rhino poaching.
“Most importantly, they have entered India through tourist visas and were allegedly carrying religious preaching which is a clear violation of the visa conditions, hence, we are registering a case against all the 17 Bangladeshi under the Foreigners Act. They will be produced before the court on Saturday evening,” SP Singh said.
Meanwhile, the Biswanath police have initiated the visa cancellation process for all 17 Bangladeshi nationals.
With inputs from Sayanika Deka (Biswanath)