Five Bangladeshis jailed for illegal border crossing

Agartala, July 27 (IANS) A local court in Tripura sentenced five Bangladeshi men to 28 days of rigorous imprisonment for illegally entering India, an official said here on Monday.

Gomati district police in southern Tripura said in a statement here that on June 25, the five Bangladeshi tribals, aged between 25 and 45, illegally entered Sabroom, a bordering sub-division of southern Tripura.

The Border Security Force apprehended the five men, from Khagrachari district of southeast Bangladesh, and handed them over to the police.

“The judicial magistrate first class convicted the five Bangladeshis to rigorous imprisonment of 28 days each and asked them to pay a fine of Rs.3,000 under the Indian Passport Act. In case of failure to pay the fine, the accused would undergo simple imprisonment for one more month,” the statement said.

Tripura shares an 856-km border with Bangladesh and most parts of the frontier are fenced.

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