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B’desh repatriates 3 Indian nationals
Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 23:
Published on 24 Aug. 2008 12:05 AM IST
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Bangladesh authorities has handed over three Indian nationals, including a symphatiser of two militant groups and girl to Indian authorities at Dalu border in Meghalaya, a BSF official said today. The trio, lodged in a Bangladesh jail along with other Indian insurgents since the last four years were handed over to the Border Security Force officials yesterday by the Bangladesh Rifles. Jackson Arengh a sympathiser of two militant groups – the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and ‘defunct’ United A’chik National Front – was arrested in 2004 by Bangladesh authorities. BSF officials said Jackson had provided logistical support and acting as a local guide for the militants to cross over the Indo-Bangla border along Garo Hills, a BSF official said. Garo Hills bordering Assam and neighbouring Bangladesh is being used by militants as a corridor to sneak in and out of the country due to its strategic location. Sengsilinda Sangma reportedly abducted to Bangladesh by NDFB militants in 2004 have also been repatriated to India. On the other hand, Wilson Sangma said to be a mentally-retarded person who unknowingly strayed into Bangladeshi territory was amongst the three repatriated to India. “He still does not have any knowledge about his own national identity,” a BSF official said. Meanwhile, the BSF have handed over the trio to the state police for interrogation.

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