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Chinese national held by BSF in West Bengal’s Malda along Indo-Bangladesh border

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The Border Security Force manning the Indo-Bangladesh border has intercepted a Chinese national. The 35-year-old man was held in the Malda district of West Bengal adjacent to the Bangladesh border following suspicious activities, according to BSF officials.

The man, dressed in a black sweatshirt, pants and shoes, was intercepted by a BSF party around 7 am when he was “infiltrating” into the Indian territory after crossing the border in Malda district, officials said. He has been kept at the Kaliachak post of the border guarding force, and a BSF spokesperson in Delhi said an “interview of the individual is underway by agencies concerned”.

Sources said the Chinese man does not probably understand English, and hence, a security officer conversant in the Mandarin language has been called in for a joint questioning session by officials of the BSF, local police and the intelligence agencies. Further details and the reasons for his venturing into the Indian side will be known once the session ends, they said.

Things recovered from the Chinese national

Security forces have recovered a Chinese passport bearing a Bangladeshi visa, a laptop and three mobile phone SIM cards from the man who has been identified as Junwei Han.

India-China standoff

The relationship between India and China touched a new low last year. The Indian and Chinese armies were locked in a bitter standoff in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for over eight weeks since May 5.

The tension escalated manifold after the violent clashes in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give out the details. According to an American intelligence report, the number of casualties on the Chinese side was 35.

Although the two countries have diffused the tension, the trade between India and China was severely impacted, which India banning several Chinese tech ventures including TikTok.

 

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