Balurghat, Sept. 13: Twenty boys who had escaped from a shelter for juvenile offenders here on Wednesday night were arrested by the Border Guard Bangladesh yesterday afternoon while they were roaming in the neighbouring country.
Subhayan, the shelter run by the social welfare department, had 33 inmates and 21 of them, including 18 Bangladeshis, fled on Wednesday night by drilling holes on the walls of their rooms and shinning up a barbed wire fence on the compound using quilts. One boy, Subha Roy, was arrested from near the border at Hili yesterday.
Dilip Biswas, who is in charge of the home, today said the Bangladeshi border force would hand over all the 20 to the BSF at a flag meeting at Sidhai near Hili later in the day. “We have received an email from an NGO that deals with trafficking, informing us that BGB arrested 20 boys who escaped from Subhayan. The boys were caught while they were moving at Panchbini (in Jaipurhat district of Bangladesh) yesterday afternoon. After interrogating the boys, the BGB officers could confirm their identity. The arrested will be handed over to the BSF at a flag meeting,” he said.
Panchbini is 17km from the border at Hili.
The boys at the shelter had been arrested for theft, smuggling and other crimes.
The Bangladeshis were held for illegal infiltration into India
Sources said the 21 boys had escaped on Wednesday night after increasing the volume of television so that they couldn’t be noticed by the security guards.
The subdivisional officer of Balurghat, Sudip Mukherjee and deputy superintendent of police, Uttam Ghosh, started separate probes into the breakout.
“I have visited the home and was taken aback by the modus operandi of the escapees. The security at the facility will be boosted to avert such incidents,” said the SDO.