A Pakistani mother and son were arrested by the SSB’s 41 battalion at Panitanki on the India-Nepal border on charges of illegal entry into India. After questioning, both were handed over to Kharibari police station of Darjeeling district police. The police arrested the woman and took the child into custody under the Juvenile Act.
According to the police, the names of the arrested are Shaista Hanif (62) and Arian Mohammad Hanif (11). The woman will be produced in the Siliguri court under foreign law on Thursday. It is learned that on Wednesday afternoon, the Pakistani mother and son reached the India-Nepal border Pantanki under the Kharibari block of Siliguri division through the Asian highway bridge built on the Mechi river from Nepal’s Kakarvita on Wednesday afternoon. SSB jawans recovered Pakistani passports and other documents from them during the search. After that both of them were arrested.
According to their passports, both of them are residents of Sarafa Bazar, Gahanmar Street, Karachi, Pakistan. The Pakistani government issued the passports of this mother and son on May 29 last year. The woman’s passport is valid till 2032 and the child’s passport is valid till May 2027. The police initially came to know that both of them had gone to Saudi Arabia from Pakistan. Where both of them booked flight tickets to India and Nepal on November 5. On November 11, they both flew to Jeddah airport in Saudi Arabia and reached Delhi. From Delhi both reach Kathmandu, Nepal. SSB has recovered Kathmandu-Mumbai and Jeddah flight tickets from their custody during preliminary investigation.
Along with this, the tourist visa of Nepal issued on November 5, two mobile phones, two SIM cards, one memory card, two pen drives, ten thousand Nepalese currency, 16 thousand 350 taka, 6 euros, 166 riyals were recovered. Superintendent of Police of Darjeeling district Praveen Prakash said, “The mother and son caught at the international border are Pakistani citizens. However, he has been living in Saudi for the past few years. The woman had entered India without a visa along with her son to visit her sister living in North 24 Parganas of West Bengal. We are investigating the entire incident.”