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19 fishermen, 4 women return home after jail terms in India

Our Correspondent, Benapole, Jessore

Nineteen  fishermen returned home on Sunday after serving three years' jail term in Indian prison.
Border Security Force (BSF) of India handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) through Benapole check post at night.
The returnees are Yasin Arafat, 25, Ruhul Amin, 22, Dulal Majhi, 24, Saiful, 26, Adhir Chandra, 40, Delwar, 30, Asim Chandra, 32, Dilip Mandol, 40, Siddique, 30, Halim Jamaddar, 36, Al-Amin, 23, Jalil Hawladar, 38, Shamim Malakar, 32, Imadul, 28, Ashem Khan, 35, Gaffar, 42, Billal, 28, Kabir, 36 and Faruq, 30. They  hail from Patuakhali and Pirojpur districts.
Subedar M Abdullah, camp commander at  BGB Benapole check post, said the Bangladeshi fishermen had been arrested by the Indian Coast Guard as their boat entered the Indian territory during by a storm in January, 2010.
Later, the fishermen were sentenced to jail and fined over Rs 50,000. They were held at Alipur Central jail
Recently, the home ministries of the two neighbouring countries discussed the matter and BSF handed  them 19 over to the BGB.
BSF also handed over four Bangladeshi women, who were jailed in India for intrusion, to BGB at Bhomra border in Sadar upazila yesterday, reports UNB.
One of the returnees hail from Zianagar upazila of Pirojpur, two from Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj and the other from Savar upazila of Dhaka district. BSF arrested the four women from Bashirhat area of Uttar 24 Parganas district of Paschimbanga in December last year as they entered the Indian territory illegally, said Major Mazharul Islam, operation officer of 38 BGB Battalion.
They were later sent to an Indian jail after being produced in a court.
Officer in-charge of Satkhira Sadar police station Enamul Haque said BSF of Ghojadanga camp handed over the four women to BGB Bhomra Camp commander in the morning.
Later, BGB handed over to the returnees to Satkhira Sadar police station.

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Last modified: 9:54 pm Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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