Vol. 5 Num 593 Sat. January 28, 2006  
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Six Bangladeshi smugglers arrested in West Tripura

The Border Security Force (BSF) has arrested six Bangladeshi nationals, including a forest staffer, as they were allegedly trying to smuggle out tree logs from Indian territory into Bangladesh through the border village of Bachaibari in West Tripura District.

The six arrested have been identified as Bangladeshi citizens belonging to the Damumara area under the Chunarughat Police Station in Bangladesh's Habiganj District.

"We've caught six Bangladeshi miscreants of which one is a Bangladeshi forest official.We've also got a Nokia mobile phone, we're looking at the numbers. Maybe he has contacts and is also involved in militant activities," said S.K.Soodh, Additional Deputy Inspector General of the Border Security Force.

Soodh informed that the smugglers were caught red-handed by the 37th battalion of the BSF as they were trying to ferry the logs of wood from Bachaibari.

The arrested persons, however, claimed that they had entered Indian territory by mistake while collecting firewood from the jungle.

"I am from Bangladesh and by mistake entered the Indian territory from where I was arrested. I possessed a mobile phone and a measuring tape and we are total of six," said Shafik Mian, the arrested Bangladeshi forest official.

Local villagers informed that timber smuggling was one of the many problems confronting them. They claimed that armed Bangladeshi cattle lifters also visited the area to lift livestock.

The arrested persons are presently being interrogated.