West Bengal police has arrested a Chinese national near the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The Chinese national was found wandering in the Milik Sultanpur area of Kaliachak in Malda district on Thursday morning.
A police official in Kaluachak told IANS the Chinese national was arrested when his movements evoked suspicion among a police patrol.
After that he was arrested and brought to Kaliachak police station. He did not resist arrest or try to flee, the police official said.
He said the Chinese national’s name was Han Junui , going by his passport.
Three mobile phones and a laptop were recovered from him.
The Bangladesh border is not far from the area from Kaliachak where Han was nabbed.
The Mirik Sultanpur area is notorious for counterfeit notes, with many seizures reported from this corridor in the past.
Han is being interrogated , but he had language problems during interrogation.
BSF intelligence says Han came to Bangladesh on a proper visa but seems to crossed the border , either by design or accidentally strayed across.
This is second incident of a Chinese being arrested in North Bengal in recen weeks.
Two Chinese nationals were apprehended by the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in April, when they were trying to illegally enter West Bengal by crossing the Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district.
A patrol team at the Baramaniramjote border post area spotted them.
“They have been identified as Ding Shou Sheng (36) and Chen Ji Fa (30),” said Girish Chandra Pandey, company commander of SSB’s 8th battalion. “They were trying to cross the border without any valid document,” he added.
An Indian national has also been apprehended in this connection. He was identified as Mohammed Ibrahim, a resident of Dohaguri in Darjeeling district.
The Indo-Nepal border area comes under the jurisdiction of the Naxalbari police station. The border has been sealed because of the assembly polls to be held in Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts on Saturday.
The ‘Siliguri Corridor’ in North Bengal is the only physical link between the Indian mainland and the seven Northeastern states. Chinese intelligence is keenly focussed on this area., analysts say.
The West Bengal government recently vetoed an attempted takeover of some North Bengal tea gardens by Chinese companies using fronts in Southeast Asian countries.