Nine Bangladeshi nationals were arrested in West Bengal's North 24-Parganas district by the police and BSF personnel for trespassing in Indian territory without any proper documents, the police said on Monday.
While the police of North 24-Parganas district's Swarupnagar apprehended seven persons, including five women, on the charge of encroachment, the Border Security Force troopers arrested two more women and later handed them over to the police.
"We arrested six persons on Sunday night and one more on Monday morning near the border area of Swarupnagar. Two more women were apprehended by the BSF and were handed over to us on Monday morning," an officer from the Swarupnagar police station said.
"The arrested persons are labourers who claimed to have illegally crossed the border in search of jobs," he said.
The police said that there was no major seizure from the people, apart from some cash and clothes.
"None of the 10 accused could produce documents permitting them to stay on Indian soil. They are charged under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act for trespassing," the officer said.
"The accused were presented in Basirhat court where they were remanded in 14 days of judicial custody," he added.