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200-metre-long India-Bangladesh tunnel found in Assam, says police

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Assam: Police in the Assam state of India have claimed to found a 200-metre-long tunnel connecting India and Bangladesh in Karimganj while rescuing a man who was abducted from there.

Quoting SP Mayank Kumar, a report by Times of India, said that police believe the tunnel is used for “international smuggling or abduction”.

Police unearthed the tunnel while rescuing Dilwar Hossain who was abducted on December 28. The abductors had called his family demanding a ransom of Rs 5 lakh.

The report added that after returning, Dilwar informed cops about the tunnel and on Friday, a special team conducted a search operation in Balia area. Kumar said the tunnel is hidden deep inside a forest with a barbed fence over it. Dilwar said the tunnel leads to Sylhet in Bangladesh and miscreants use it regularly to smuggle goods or take abducted people to the other side. “BSF has already been asked to close the Indian side of the tunnel,” SP Kumar was quoted as saying.

According to Dilawar, there are around 63 “natural gaps” along an approximately 92km-long border in Karimganj.

In May 2018, the report said, a similar tunnel was found at Madanpur in Karimganj district which was allegedly used for cattle smuggling.

 

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