Jowai/Khliehriat(Meghalaya) Oct 11: Five Nigerian nationals were arrested for illegally crossing over from Bangladesh in West and East Jaiñtia Hills districts, police said .
Four locals, who facilitated their unauthorised entry, were also held.
The arrest came a month after 22 African nationals were nabbed in the two Jaiñtia Hills districts for the same offence.
East Jaiñtia Hills, Superintendent of Police, Vivekanand Singh said that the two foreigners were apprehended during a routine anti – infiltration checking at 11.15 pm at Ratacherra.
“The two suspected Nigerian nationals were travelling in a night super bus bearing registration number ML-05-M 1899 from Agartala to Guwahati and they were detained for interrogation,” he said.
Informing that the two foreigners could not produce any valid document to support their entry into India, Singh said that the two men have been arrested.
They have been identified as Victor Ojichukwu Ugo Okeke (30) of Umuaku Uli Village, Anambra Nigeria and Ifechkwu Emmanuel Obi (34) of Uli village, Anambra in Nigeria.
Singh said the arrested foreigners only had photo copies of their passports and claim to have left the original copies in Bangladesh, he added.
A case under Sections 14, 14 A and 14 C of the Foreigners Act has been registered at Lumshnong Police Station against the two men.
West Jaiñtia Hills Superintendent of Police Lakador Syiem said the arrest was made based on specific information regarding the likely crossing of foreign nationals from Bangladesh into India.
He said an operation was conducted in Amlarem area of the district and police arrested three Nigerian nationals identified as Chukwuma Celestine Okwuwa (34), Lucky Osas Enebi (36) and Ndubuisi Moses Chime (28) from the Pdengshakap area, 10 kms from Amlarem.
“Preliminary enquiry revealed that the three men had reached Dhaka via Istanbul and were guided to the Bangladesh border by a Bangladeshi national. They crossed a river into Indian territory, trekked through a swampy area which they could not identify. Thereafter, they had met local people and had asked them for transportation,” Syiem said.
The three men who possessed Passports and Bangladesh VISAS claimed that they had entered India to explore garment exports in the country.
Meanwhile, police also arrested locals who have been identified as Ni Pohleng (20) of Syndai Lyngkot village, Ronaldo Syndai (21), Kliar Mon Pohthmi (18) and Rihok Chyrmang (28) of Syndai Kmaishnong village.
“The local persons helped the foreigners have planned this activity with some Bangladeshi nationals,” the SP of WKH district, Lakador Syiem said while adding that the vehicle bearing registration no ML 05G – 4952 has been seized.
He also said that a search of the baggage which was conducted in the presence of a Magistrate did not reveal anything incriminating.
A case under Sections 14 A and 14 C of the Foreigners Act has been registered in this matter at Amlarem Police station.
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