A Bangladeshi teenager, who was staying in a safe home in India's Kolkata, was handed over to his family members through Hili land port in Dinajpur yesterday.
Rafi Sheikh of Daulatpur in Khulna district was kept in a safe home named, Shuvayan Home, at Dakkhin Dinajpur district in West Bengal of India for 21 months.
However, his two sisters are still under safe custody in Maldah district of India.
Bikash Mondal, ICP of Dakkhin Dinajpur; Suroj Das, district coordinator of child rights organisation CHILDLINE; Poresh Hajra, representative of Suvayan Home; Aftab Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Hili Police Station; and officials of BGB and BSF were present during the handover.
CHILDLINE coordinator Suroj Das said India's Balurghat police on May 20, 2016, detained Rafi, his sisters, and seven other Bangladeshis. Of the detainees, four were children. Following a court order, CHILDLINE got custody of the four children for providing care and counseling. Of the four children, three were girls. Therefore, they were sent to Maldah Children Home.
According to the authorities of Shuvayan Home, Rafi along with some others was being taken to Pune in Maharasthra of India to be sold.