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Kolkata: Following the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement, the first batch of 19 families from the erstwhile Indian enclaves in Bangladesh, who had opted to stay in India, were allowed to enter West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district on Thursday.

Sixty-two people, belonging to 19 families, were greeted by the district administration at the international border check post at Changrabandha.

Cooch Behar district magistrate P Ulaganathan said the families, before their arrival, had been living in Lotamari and Gotamari enclaves in Lalmonirhat district of Bangladesh.

They are being kept at the Enclave Settlement Camp at Mekhliganj in the district. We are providing all facilities to them. Counters have been put up for biometric registration and opening of bank accounts for them,

According to the district administration, the second batch of people will arrive on November 22.

Around 980 people are likely to come to India and the formalities have to be completed by November 30.

Following the Land Boundary Agreement, Bangladesh and India exchanged 162 adversely-held enclaves on August 1.

Welcoming the families, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured her government will take care of them.

“I heartily welcome our brothers and sisters from ‘opar bangla‘ and wish them a very pleasant stay here. Our government will take full care of them,” Banerjee said on Facebook.

(Inputs of IANS)

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Two people arrested in Assam for cannabis transportation

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583 Kg of cannabis was caught hidden inside a specially-built cavity at the back of the driver's cabin.
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Kolkata, Dec 26, 2017: About 583 kg of dry cannabis was seized and two persons were arrested in Assam, an official from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said here on Tuesday.

“With support of the Border Security Force (BSF), the DRI officials of Silchar intercepted a truck at Badarpurghat area of Cachar and recovered 583.7 kg of dry cannabis packed in 58 packets, which were hidden inside a specially-built cavity at the back of the driver’s cabin,” the official said.

The driver and the handyman of the truck — Narayan Chandra Sarkar and Kalidas Munda, both hailing from Agartala — were arrested and the truck was also seized.

According to the official, the contraband was coming from Agartala and was bound for Shillong.

“The case indicates that the northeast continues to be the sensitive zone for production of cannabis, from where it is being transported to different parts of India by the drug syndicates,” a statement said.

This is third major seizure of ganja in such huge quantity by the agency in less than four months.

In September, the agency’s Silchar unit had recovered 1,413.6 kg dry cannabis and its Berhampore unit seized 841 kg ganja in August.