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"On 19 August 2021, in the area of Sector Kolkata on the International Border, BSF troops apprehended 15 Bangladeshi nationals from different places while crossing the border illegally," said the BSF in a statement.

Some of the apprehended Bangladeshis were coming to India and some were trying to exfiltrate, read the statement.

The apprehended Bangladeshi nationals include 14 men as well as one woman, who have been identified as Manirul Islam Ghazi, Mamoon Ghazi, Meeta Sardar (woman aged 42 years), Sedul Islam Raju, Masoom Bila, Rijul Islam, Sakeem Mola, Rebul Islam, Mohammad Islam Hassan, Mamun Ghazi, Alameen Ghazi, Manto Molla, Mohd Safirul Islam, Mohd Naseer Shaik and Mohd Ronnie Mia.

During the initial interrogation, all have declared themselves to be citizens of Bangladesh.

"Some of these persons were trying to come to India in search of work and some were going from India to Bangladesh to meet their families," the BSF mentioned.

"All of them were trying to cross the international boundary illegally that the Border Security Force troops apprehended them all", the security force said.

BSF officials said that some of these Bangladeshis were crossing the border with the help of a tout.

All the apprehended Bangladeshi nationals have been handed over to the concerned police station along with all their belongings.

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