On Sunday, May 15, the BSF jawans arrested a group of 8 Bangladeshi Muslims, including women and children, who had illegally entered Bharat. The incident took place at the Swarupnagar border in the North 24 Parganas district of the state. The BSF jawans patrolling the border area noticed these Bangladeshis as they tried to sneak into this side of the border and chased them. They tried to hide from the forces but were eventually caught by the BSF jawans, who then handed the infiltrators to the local police.
Reportedly, the infiltrators are residents of Bangladesh’s Satkhira and Jashore. They were presented before the Bashirhat Mahakuma court by the Swarupnagar police officials, and the presiding judge has sentenced them to a 14-day custodial stay.
Illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators are often accused of infringing land and triggering riots, as we have seen in Delhi during the Hanuman Janmotsav. They are a threat to the country’s demography and law and order. Still, there have not been enough efforts made to stop the infiltration of Bangladeshis through the porous West Bengal–Bangladesh border.
Almost every day, Muslim infiltrators are finding their way into the Bharatiya territory; only some get caught. The state Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, had objected to expanding the scope of the BSF to 50 kilometers; but as evident, had the BSF not been active, the state and subsequently, the country would have been overrun by infiltrators from Bangladesh.
This infiltration is not limited to just the entry of Bangladeshi residents to Bharat illegally. Even Islamist terrorists from Bangladesh come and stay in West Bengal for years and procure forged documents that support their prolonged residence in the country.
On Thursday, April 28, officials of the Baduria police station in north 24 Parganas caught a terrorist from the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh outfit in the town. Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) is an Islamist militant outfit operating in Bangladesh and is listed as a terror group by several countries, including the UK. The terrorist caught by the Bhaduria police has been identified as Kazi Saidur Rahman and is a resident of Diyapara in Bangladesh’s Jashore.
Bangladesh’s court had convicted Rahman in the serial blasts that rocked Jashore‘s Chengutia area in 2005. Investigations revealed that the JMB had its hand in the bombings, and the Bangladeshi authorities subsequently arrested Rahman. He was sentenced to life imprisonment but managed to flee from jail. He reached Bharat in 2007 and has lived in the country since then. During his stay in Bhaduria, he also procured Bharatiya Pan Card and Aadhaar Card and has been availing several government-provided facilities by furnishing these forged Ids.
The advancements, in this case, took place after the intelligence was tipped off about packs of terrorists crossing over from Bangladesh. The officials had also informed local police stations about these threats, after which the Bhaduria police started investigations on these lines. They learned about the Bangladeshi terrorist residing in Baduria’s Atalia village during these investigations and picked him up.
There have been multiple occurrences of JMB terrorists being scooped out from various hideouts in Bengal, proving that West Bengal has become an easily accessible shelter for Islamist terrorists from Bangladesh. One such terrorist is Noor Latif Nabi, aka Saroyar Maxon, who had multiple charges of murder, attacks, and extortion leveled against him in Bangladesh. He was also arrested by the Bangladeshi authorities in 2015 but managed to flee and enter Bharat in 2017.
Since his arrival, he posed as a Hindu and resided in Kolkata’s Dunlop area. Locals of the area knew Nur Latif Nabi as Tamal Chaudhury; he had also started a relationship with a local woman and was in a live-in relationship with her. Like Kazi Saidur Rahman, Maxon had also procured counterfeit Bharatiya ID cards and established a fish trade in the area. Through his contacts in Bangladesh, he was still leading various illegal activities and businesses in Bangladesh.
On February 7, Dunlop police arrested him and booked him on charges of forgery, conspiracy, and other sections of the IPC relating to foreigners. The police also submitted the charge-sheet against Maxom to the court. Investigating officials from Bangladesh were called in as well. However, to everyone’s surprise, the JMB terrorist was granted bail by Barrackpore Court, and he went missing even before the officials from Bangladesh could arrive in Kolkata.
Nur Latif Nabi, aka Saroyar Maxon, is on the loose till the latest reports on his case were published. If he is residing in a new hideout in West Bengal, he may lure other Hindu women into a relationship or continue his criminal activities in this country.