Guwahati, Apr 7 (IBNS) : Three Bangladeshi smugglers were apprehended by Border Security Force (BSF) along Meghalaya-Bangladesh border on Saturday, officials said on Sunday.
"On specific input, BSF troops of BOP Gasuapara ex-132 Bn deployed in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya apprehended three Bangladeshi smugglers near BP No-1124/5-S, while they were trying to infiltrate into India from Bangladesh," an official BSF release said.
The nabbed smugglers were identified as Panpush Pattang (21 years), Jusia Maraking (22 years), and James Chirang (18 years).
BSF troops recovered Rs. 27,000 and two mobiles along with one Indian and one Bangladeshi SIM from their possession.
Later on checking the currency, it was found that Rs 2,000/- was fake Indian currency note (FICN).
During preliminary interrogation it was revealed arrested Panpush Pattang is a liquor smuggler and was infiltrating into India to smuggle liquor.
In another incident, BSF troops of BOP Baldamgiri ex-23 Bn deployed in South West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya apprehended one Indian FICN racketeer namely Ibrahim of Assam's Udalguri district while he was trying to infiltrate into India from Bangladesh.
BSF troops recovered FICN face value Rs 5,500 (Denomination 3x 1000 & 5 x 500) from his possession.
The seized FICN was being smuggled from Bangladesh and was meant for circulation in the Indian market. BSF is keeping a strict vigil/surveillance and having effective intelligence network along the India-Bangladesh border to nab the FICN racketeers.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)