30 teens return after serving 3-year jail term in India

Published : 13 Nov 2020 09:41 PM | Updated : 13 Nov 2020 09:41 PM

Indian police on Friday evening handed over 30 Bangladeshi teenagers including three children to Bangladesh through Benapole checkpost after 3 years imprisonment in India. 

Benapole Checkpost  Immigration Police officially received them from the Indian Police. Indian BSF and BGB members were present during the handover.

The returnees hail from different areas of Khulna, Barisal, Faridpur and Narail districts. Among the returnees, there are 18 female teenagers, nine youths and three children. 

Benapole Checkpost Police Immigration OC Ahsan Habib said that three and a half years ago, this young Bangladeshis went to India without passport or visa in the hope of getting a good job.

While they were working in different houses, the Kolkata police arrested them from different parts of the city and handed them over to the court. The court sentenced them three years.  At the end of the sentence, they were repatriated by the two countries' home ministries.

Foreign Ministry Deputy Assistant Secretary Mohammad Abdul Wadud received the returnees. 

Those who have come through by travel permits have been handed over to their families through three NGOs . They are Bangladesh Human Rights Organization, Women Lawyers Association and Justice and Care.

Binoy Krishna Mallick, chairman of the Jashore Human Rights Commission, said those who returned to the country today on travel permits went to various districts in India, including Kolkata, three years ago in search of work through brokers.

They are returning home today after completing the legal process between the two countries

Mamun Khan, officer-in-charge of Benapole Port Police Station, said India had handed over 30 teenagers to Bangladesh Police Immigration in the afternoon. Immigration police handed them over to Benapole Port Police Station to send them back home.