Guwahati: Exhibiting a goodwill gesture, the Border Security Force (BSF) Meghalaya handed over one Bangladeshi minor boy to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after he was apprehended in India along with one Bangladeshi woman on September 24.
Acting on a tip-off, the BSF troops carried out the operation at the border outpost Nongkhen and apprehended the woman and the boy and took them into custody.
The woman identified as Begum (35) and the 13-year-old minor boy is both from the Sylhet district of Bangladesh.
The BSF said that the woman along with the minor boy had been apprehended while illegally crossing the Indo-Bangladesh international border through the unfenced area for petty smuggling from Bangladesh to India.
“The Bangladeshi woman revealed that she brought the minor boy with her as labour for carrying items meant for smuggling into India,” the BSF said.
On September 25, the boy was handed over to BGB during a flag meeting in presence of police representatives as a goodwill gesture and the apprehended Bangladeshi woman was handed over to police station Baghmara for further legal action.
Inderjit Singh Rana, Inspector General, BSF, Meghalaya Frontier in his statement said that BSF always adopts a humanitarian approach in such cases where victims are minors.
“Both the border guarding forces have developed an understanding on such subjects and these issues are amicably resolved to strengthen the existing relationship and to enhance mutual trust between both the neighboring countries,” Rana added.