Assam police has arrested two African nationals, including a woman, from a bus at Churaibari in Karimganj district for illegally entering India.

The arrested Africans have been identified as as Oladipudo Akanezacch (40), and Ruthrael Andisi (25).

Police said the duo was arrested from the bus during routine checking at Churaibari, about 55 kilometres from Karimganj town, around 9 pm on Thursday.

The bus, bearing registration number, AS-25 CC-8658, was on its way to Guwahati from Agartala.

An official said that the man, Oladipudo, had a passport, but its validity date had expired around six months back.

The woman, Ruthrael, had a valid passport but did not use it while entering Tripura from Bangladesh.

“As such, both of them entered India illegally, for which we held them,” an official said.

Oladipudo is a resident of Senegal in western Africa while Ruthrael hails from Kenya in eastern Africa. Their intention of entering India together, however, was not clear.

“Both of them can speak Bengali and Hindi fluently,” the official said.

Just about a week back, police arrested three Nigerian nationals from Churaibari.

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