Around 20 suspected Bangladeshis, including women and children, were held by the residents of Ritu Kathalguri near Bordumsa under Bordumsa Police Station in Assam’s Tinsukia district on Thursday morning.
The suspected Bangladeshis were later handed over to Bordumsa police for further verification and legal proceedings.
According to information, the suspected group of people were having food in an open paddy field at Kathalguri area when they were held by the locals.
Police sources said, the suspected Bangladeshis worked in a KNP brickfield near the Goju Road in Bordumsa along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
Ghanakanta Gogoi, the Officer-in-Charge of Bordumsa PS in Assam, said, “The people who have been suspected to be Bangladeshis were labourers engaged in a brickfield belonging to one Ankham Manpong.”
Meanwhile, Ajit Baruah, Sub-Inspector of police (Border) at Tinsukia has been investigating the case and interrogation is going on till the filing of this report.
Baruah said, the border police have already initiated legal process and until the relatives of the detained people can prove their citizenship by submitting relevant documents, the suspected people would be handed over to the owner of the brickfield of Arunachal Pradesh.
Sources informed that the suspected people hail from Morigaon district of Assam and the relatives were on the way to Bordumsa with the required documents to support their claim to be Indians.
When the issue of influx of illegal foreigners continues to rock Assam and other northeastern States including Arunachal Pradesh, question has been raised how suspected people were engaged as labourers in a brickfield near Bordumsa in Arunachal Pradesh.