In a dramatic turn of events on the last day of the year, Assam Police arrested Mandol Islam, a Bangladeshi national, in Morigaon district. However, what unfolded in the subsequent investigation sent shockwaves through the authorities and the public alike.
Mandol Islam’s entry into India was seemingly routine – he possessed a valid passport and visa, having crossed into the country through Tripura in December. What transpired during his 15-day stay in the Laharighat area of Morigaon, however, was anything but ordinary. The police not only detained Islam but also a 13-year-old minor claiming to be his grandson. What made this arrest particularly unsettling was the discovery that Mandol Islam, in the Laharighat voter list, had been going by the name Noor Islam, participating in multiple elections.
As the preliminary investigation unfolded, Morigaon SP Hemanta Kumar Das shed light on the startling details. Mandol Islam had entered India on a one-year visa, seemingly timed with the upcoming general election, raising suspicions about his potential intent to influence the democratic process.
In the police investigation, it was uncovered that the apprehended Bangladeshi national had reportedly engaged in multiple instances of voting in the Laharighat area. According to SP Das, there are suspicions that he entered Indian territory on a one-year visa, possibly with the intention of participating in the upcoming general election by casting his vote. The revelation raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and highlights the need for heightened vigilance in border control measures.
The police emphasised the need for a meticulous investigation into this matter. Mandol Islam is currently in police custody, awaiting court proceedings, where authorities plan to seek remand for further interrogation.
The repercussions of this revelation have rippled through Assam, prompting concerns about national security and sovereignty. Instances of Bangladeshi nationals entering Assam with valid documents and subsequently disappearing in minority-dominated areas have been a persistent challenge. The local residents of Morigaon are calling for a thorough investigation, recognizing the potential impact on the integrity of the voter list and the larger issue of illegal infiltration.
NIA arrested brokers of illegal infiltration
Simultaneously, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has made additional arrests related to illegal infiltration via Tripura. In collaboration with the Tripura Police, these arrests are part of a broader investigation into a human trafficking case registered by the federal agency in Guwahati in October.
The individuals apprehended in this joint operation will be transported to Guwahati after obtaining court orders from Agartala, Tripura, to appear before the NIA Special Court. This development follows the NIA’s extensive nationwide raids on human trafficking syndicates in November, which resulted in the arrest of 47 key operatives.
Investigations have revealed that the four individuals recently arrested in Tripura were in close proximity to the Indo-Bangladesh international border. More significantly, they were found to be coordinating with traffickers operating from across the border, actively facilitating the illegal infiltration of people of Bangladeshi origin into India.
As Assam grapples with these disconcerting revelations, the urgent need for a comprehensive investigation becomes increasingly apparent. The complex interplay of issues, ranging from the integrity of the voter list to concerns about illegal infiltration, underscores the gravity of the situation. Immediate and thorough action is imperative to unravel the extent of this conspiracy against the nation and safeguard the democratic process from potential external influences.