Seventeen Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested from the remote Baghmari area of Biswanath district in Assam for violating Indian visa rules. Police said that they came to Assam on tourist visas but were involved in religious preaching.
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DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said, “17 Bangladeshi nationals arrested for violating Indian visa rules. Accused arrested from remote Baghmari area of Biswanath district. They came here on tourist visas but were involved in religious preaching, which isn’t allowed.”
Two local persons from Baghmari, Jehirul Haque and Samsul Ali, also have been arrested for sheltering the preacher group. The group was led by Islamic religious teacher Syed Ashraful Alam, while the others are his disciples. The others include Masood Rana, Saboz Sarkar, Sultan Mamood, Ghulam Azam Sheikh, Azibur Sheikh, Suhag Chowdhury, Anwar Hussain, Manan, Abdul Hakim, Maqbool Hussain, Shah Alam Sarkar, Alam Talukdar Jahangir, Badshah Sarkar, Farooq Mikar, Hafizur Rahman and Ghulam Rabani.
The group had boarded a bus from Cooch Behar in Assam and arrived at Biswanath on September 13. Ashraful Alam started preaching Islam at Baghmari after that and had already gathered around 500 people as his followers before his arrest.