Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested at least 11 Bangladeshi immigrants working as labourers in Nala Sopara area of Palghar district, Maharashtra. The immigrants from the neighbouring country were residing in India illegally without any authentic documents. After arresting them, the ATS sent them to police custody till December 12, 2017. In the meantime, the ATS will assess the identities of the detained individuals and will also look if they have any potential terror links.

After receiving a tip-off that certain illegal immigrants from Bangladesh are dwelling in the outskirts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and working at a construction site as labourers, the ATS Vikhroli unit acted swiftly and reached the site. They detained 11 individuals who were present at the location and were between the ages of 18 and 57. Although none of the arrested immigrants had any legal documents in possession that makes their stay in India valid, interestingly, they had PAN Cards and Aadhaar Cards.

The Bangladeshi immigrants got their PAN and Aadhaar made on the basis of fake documents through local agents. The ATS has taken cognizance of the matter and has launched a intensive probe into it. Another intriguing aspect in the case is that all the detainees hail from the same district of Bangladesh. The officials are looking whether the immigrants were smuggled or they themselves reached the Indian borders. The ATS is also finding if the 11 individuals have any terror links.

Earlier in the week, Karnataka Police deported 12 Bangladeshi immigrants back to their country after they were arrested for living illegally in India. Not just PAN cards and Aadhaar cards, the immigrants had ration cards and passports as well which were made through invalid documents. After detaining them, the police handed over their case to internal security department which later deported them to Bangladesh after thorough investigation.

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