36 from Bangladesh held in Pune district

ST Correspondent
Monday, 28 May 2018

FIRs have been registered against these Bangaladeshi nationals in the respective police stations. Now, cops are investigating why they came here and lived in Budhvihar. 

Pune: A total of 36 Bangladesh nationals have been nabbed by Pune rural police from different parts of the district for their alleged illegal stay in India. The Anti-Terrorism Cell (ATC) of the rural police caught them from Daund, Yevat, Vadgaon Nimbalkar and Baramati. Some of them were found to be living as bhikkhus (priests) in Buddhavihars.

According to police, 15 Bangladesh nationals were caught from a Buddhavihar in Patas in Daund taluka. They were living there for the past one year. Police teams then caught some of them from Kurkumbh village and Malegaon in Baramati. “Some documents found in the possession of the detained men were fake and suspicious,” said police.
FIRs have been registered against them in the respective police stations. Now, cops are investigating why they came here. 

Earlier this year, in March, in a joint operation, sleuths from the central intelligence agencies, Military Intelligence (MI) and the State Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had arrested several Bangladeshi citizens, who were living illegally in Raigad and Pune. Officials had claimed that three Bangladesh nationals had provided logistical support and financial help to members of the banned terrorist outfit Ansarulla Bangla Team (ABT), which is a ‘front organisation’ for 
Al- Qaeda. 

The ATS officials had recovered documents such as Aadhaar cards, PAN cards and Voters’ IDs from the three of them, which they had procured by submitting bogus documents. Cases were registered against them for offences under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code, Passport Act, Foreigners Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. 

A 41-year-old man from Kharghar in Navi Mumbai was also arrested in March, for allegedly helping the illegal Bangladeshi migrants get Aadhaar cards and PAN cards by submitting bogus documents.

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