Four Bangladeshi children nabbed in Agartala

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Agartala, July 18 (UNI) The West Agartala police has nabbed four children here working under a Bangaldeshi burglary racket as informers.

Police said the Bangladeshi miscreants were using the children for gathering information of the residents from border locations of Agartala, following which the burglars orchestrated their operations. The children were arrested last night.

During the past two months, as many as 37 theft cases had been reported to the police from the thickly populated areas during the daytime.

''The four children entered through the Kashba area as they have been using it for transit since the past few months and finally we have achieved success,'' West Agartala Police Station Officer-in-Charge Subrata Chakraborty told reporters yesterday.

Mr Chakraborty said the minors exchanged Indian currency with Bangladeshi notes at the border and deposited the stolen cash and ornaments to their bosses in the Akhaura area of Bangladesh.

Swapan Mian (13), one of those arrested, a resident of Akhaura in Bangladesh said, ''I get money with respect to the cash and ornaments I can deposit and normally it varies between 1,000 and 3,000 taka. I also used to act as an informer.'' He said, ''Other than four of us, there are three or four more members in our team.'' According to him, they used to steal cash and gold ornaments mainly from locked houses during the day and move back to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, the Belonia first class sub-divisional magistrate sent three criminals, involved in procuring international passports with fake certificates, to seven days of jail custody after five days police remand yesterday.

Police said during investigation 29 seal-stamps of different officers were recovered from them and they admitted their link with an international fake passport racket.

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