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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Md Basir, the Bangladeshi national who was arrested by the Commissionerate Police on Wednesday for creating disturbance at the Regional Passport Office here, said he had paid Rs 3,000 to a middleman to cross the India-Bangladesh border.

Talking exclusively to OTV, Basir said, “The middleman from Bangladesh helped me to come to India through the border and for that he took Rs 3,000.”

Basir further stated, “I came here to do business during a fair here. Two months back I entered India.”

Besides, he added he had paid Rs 1,700 to the middleman to arrange the documents.

When asked about the reason behind his application for a passport, Basir said, “The middleman had told me that he would help me in getting work in building construction field in Saudi Arab.”

Questioned about the middleman’s name and other details, Baisr said, “I had forgotten the name of the broker who is plying autorickshaw in Bangladesh.”

About his route of coming to India, he told the channel, “I do not remember the way as it was pitch dark in night when I crossed the border filled with forest.”

Contradicting his statement, Basir also said he came to into India through Bunga area.

Asked about his five aides arrested from Jajpur area, Basir said, “I came to India alone and others were already here,” adding that all of them are from same area of Bangladesh.

Basir’s aide Seikh Suhag said, “I paid Rs 2,000 to the same middleman to enter India,” adding that he did not know it was illegal to cross the border without proper documents.

It is worthwhile to be mentioned that Basir had applied for the passport with forged documents.

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