‘Chasing love’, Assam woman enters Bangladesh but gets caught

‘Chasing love’, Assam woman enters Bangladesh but gets caught

GUWAHATI | SEPT 24, 2020:

This is not a scoop from some classic Bollywood flick but a "love story" that goes beyond "borders", literally!

Manjura Begum, a 20-year-old woman, belonging to Taparpathar village in the Goroimari area of lower Assam's Kamrup district, had left her husband about a month after their marriage, and sneaked into Bangladesh to marry a man with whom she had an affair with.

Sources, however, said that authorities in Bangladesh came to know of her illegal entry into the country and finally arrested the woman a few days back, but not before a "digital marriage" with Abdus Sattar, arranged by the latter's brother who reportedly had also helped her sneak into the border village in the neighbouring country's Sylhet district.

Sattar, 27, who according to sources, is from Uttar Kalaura village under Doyar Bazar police station in Bangladesh, was working in Bahrain when the nikaah took place.

Manjura's grand uncle, Abdul Kader Khan, told TNT-The Northeast Today on Thursday that the woman's family had moved to Changsari in another part of the district about two decades back. He said that they had lodged a case at the police station soon after their daughter went "missing".

"Till date, we have not heard from the police about Manjura's whereabouts. What we know is that they have arrested her in Bangladesh," Khan said.

He said that Manjura was recently married to a man from Dhubri who worked in a fabrication unit at Changsari.
"The Bangladeshi man, whom she had a relationship with, was also in Changsari before and had worked in a tent house," Khan said.

Reportedly, Sattar too had entered India illegally to escape being arrested by the Bangladesh police in a criminal case. "We do not know how long the Bangladeshi man stayed in Assam, but the two had been maintaining a secret relationship over phone and social media," Khan said.

Manjura's father, Magur Ali, who is Khan's nephew, is a petty trader. "He came to know from social media only a few days back and thereafter frantically searched for her before lodging a case at Changsari police station," Khan said.

Nazrul Islam, the village headman of Taparpathar, however, told this correspondent that the family has been called by the border police in Chaygaon to probably discuss details about the case.

"So far, the police could not establish any contact with the authorities in Bangladesh," Islam said.

Reports say that Manjura had undertaken a gruelling journey before crossing over to Bangladesh. "We do not know what mode she took to reach the border and go beyond," her grand uncle said.

Well, "smitten by love", sometimes even a long trek to the border and finally cross over, can seem to be a stroll in the park!

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