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Bangladeshi with expired passport, fake visa arrested in Manipur

Police arrested a Bangladeshi national at Lilong in District Thoubal of Manipur in the night of 19 April. Thoubal District Police Superintendent S Ibomcha said that a report was received about a foreigner staying in Lilong areas posing as an Indian citizen.

Following a report that a foreigner had been posing as an Indian citizen and was staying there, a district police team rushed to the spot and accosted the individual. The Bangladeshi was identified as Mohammad Ramjan Ali (35) of Piyali Mari village in District Chapainawabganj, Bangladesh.

Singh said that on further interrogation, it was revealed that Ali possessed a passport issued by the Bangladesh government. The individual had not renewed his permission from the concerned authorities to stay in India since 13 June 2017, leading to his arrest, the SP said.

The SP said, “One police team raided a house where the foreigner was believed to be ensconced. There was no resistance”. The arrested person was identified as a Bangladeshi, Mohammad Raja Ali. He was in possession of a passport duly issued by the Bangladesh government.

Police sources said that he had been questioned on how he came to Manipur and his stay in violation of rules.

Similar case of Bangladeshi infiltration earlier this month

Earlier this month, in Hyderabad, the key accused in the passport fraud case, Sameer Paul, had confessed that the three Bangladeshis arrested at RGI Airport while trying to fly to Dubai on Indian passports crossed India-Bangladesh border twice in a year to obtain passports through fraudulent manner. Sameer Paul, 56, a passport agent from Habra in District North 24 Parganas of West Bengal, was arrested by the Cyberabad police in the third week of March.

Till 1 April, police in Telangana had arrested four Bangladeshis — Nitai Das, Mohammed Rana Mia, Mohammed Hasibur Rehman, Parimal Bain — and four others, including Shahnaj Pail, a businessman from West Bengal, his friend, Sadham Hussain, a flight ticketing agent from Mumbai, Mateen Ahmed Mirza, a MeeSeva centre worker from Bodhan, SI P Mallesh Rao and ASI B Anil Kumar of Bodhan Special Branch police, for the passport fraud.

After their arrest, the Cyberabad police team launched a manhunt for Sameer Paul, who worked as the middleman between Bangladeshi nationals who wanted Indian passports and Bodhan based Bangladeshi, Parimal Bain, who helped them in getting the passports. Sameer reportedly confessed to have played a key role in the fraud, police said.

According to RGI Airport police, Sameer, who works as a car driver-cum-passport agent at Habra, said that Das, Rehman and Rana Mia had approached him through mediators after crossing the border in the early part of 2020 seeking help in obtaining Indian passports.

Sameer in turn contacted Parimal Bain, who was in Bodhan and after obtaining Aadhar cards with fake names and West Bengal addresses for the three Bangladeshis, sent them to Bodhan. “The trio spent a few months in Bodhan, including the period of lockdown, and after the change of address in Aadhar cards to the Bodhan one, they managed to obtain the Indian passports and returned to Bangladesh in July 2021 after handing them over to Samir for visa processing,” an investigator said.

In January, 2021, Sameer had contacted the trio informing them that the visas were ready for Dubai. The trio crossed the border at Benapole and reached Bangaon. They met Sameer Paul on January 9 and he accommodated them at a hotel.

On 21 January, Sameer handed them over to Shahnaj Pail at Howrah and the latter took them to Hyderabad by flight. The trio stayed in a lodge at Secunderabad along with Shahnaj and on January 24, checked into a lodge at Shamshabad, where Shahnaj gave them passports with visiting visas and Aadhar cards.

“Sameer’s son Manoj is the only absconding accused in the case. All the 72 passports obtained through fraudulent means by the gang have been cancelled and LOCs were issued against them,” RGI Airport police said.

On 19 January 2019, 21 people from Bangladesh, who suddenly went missing, were detained by Assam Police in District Karimganj. These Bangladeshi nationals infiltrated India illegally without passports. The group of Bangladeshi citizens had entered Assam from the Sutarkandi India Bangladesh, the international border of Karimganj district of Assam.

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