Border Guard Bangladesh detained 22 people when they were entering Bangladesh illegally from India early yesterday in Nischintapur and Mogdaspur areas of Moheshpur upazila.
Polianpur Border Outpost patrol team of BGB detained 16 people at Nischintapur while another BGB team of Jululi outpost detained five at Mogdaspur village around 5:00am, said a press release from Moheshpur BGB 58.
The detainees claimed that they were Bangladeshi citizens.
Among the detainees, eight are men, seven women, six children, and a broker, the press release added.
The detainees said they entered India at different times seeking jobs, treatment, and to bring in cattle.
BGB sources said they were handed over to Jhenidah Police Station and a case would be filed against them.
Three hundred and fifty-one people have been arrested on charge of trespassing into Bangladesh from India in the last three weeks.
The arrestees, who entered the country through the borders in Jhenidah and Jashore’s Benapole, were detained by the Bangladesh Border Guard and handed over to police. They were sent to district jails by courts after cases were filed against them for trespassing, said BGB and police sources.
Although the arrestees claimed to be Bangladeshis, they could not show the authorities any documents in support of the claim. They also claimed that they fled from India fearing harassment and detention by the police there, sources said.