India returns Bangladeshi boy who accidentally crossed border

No charges have been laid against the 15-year-old boy.


As a gesture of goodwill, an underage boy from Bangladesh who inadvertently strayed into the Nangaro mountains in Meghalaya state has been handed over to the country’s authorities, BSF officials said on Monday.

The 15-year-old boy was found loitering in Langgla, close to the zero line, on Sunday but has not been charged.

After being detained, the boy told BSF that he did not know how the international border lines were lined up and entered Indian territory unintentionally.

He was then handed over the same day to the Bangladesh Border Guard, which appreciated the gesture of goodwill shown by BSF, officials said.

BSF Meghalaya Frontier chief Pradip Kumar said border guards from the two neighboring countries had taken a humanitarian approach in handling such cases where the victims were minors and innocents.

“These issues were resolved amicably to strengthen existing relations and increase mutual trust between the two countries,” he said.

(Aside from the title, this story is unedited by NDTV staff and published via a syndicated feed.)

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