SUBIR BHAUMIK The burning down of 9 crude oil tankers in Upper Assam points to a change in equations between rebel groups in India’s Northeast. Indian intelligence agencies now confirm that this violent action was carried by joint squads of ULFA (Independent) and NSCN (Issak-Muivah) guerrillas. But ULFA(I) is in the rebel coalition UNLFSWEA that was…
18 unidentified youths were nabbed by villagers in a remote Tripura border village on Sunday evening. The border with Bangladesh’s Coomilla was fenced but about 100 men from Bangladesh tried to break through the fence gate.
No Border Security Force personnel were around when the trespassers approached.
Brave villagers, mostly Muslims, challenged them on the zero line and a scuffle ensued. Eighteen were wrestled to the ground but the rest nearly 70 to 80 escaped towards nearby Indian villages.
The villagers handed over the eighteen to police who found during interrogation that all had fake Aadhaar cards with addresses in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district.
The villagers must be lauded for their brace action, they proved who really defends the border – the people or BSF – said Tripura MP Jiten Chaudhary
Their connection to fundamentalist Islamic groups in Bangladesh could not be ruled out.
Police said the eighteen had admitted they were from Bangladesh.
“The villagers must be lauded for their brace action,” said Tripura MP Jiten Chaudhry.
“They proved who really defends the border – the people or BSF,” said Tripura MP Jiten Chaudhary.
At night Tripura top cop AK Shukla rushed to Boxnagar police station to interrogate them. District SP was also present there. But none of them said anything to the media.
Today all 18 infiltrators were produced to local Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate court. Police pled for seven days remand but they were given maximum 14 days judicial custody and police was ordered to file a case diary to the court.