Kolkata: A North Korean national was arrested by the BSF from West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district and handed over to police for illegally crossing over to India from Bangladesh, according to a BSF official.
“Jung Ho, a passport holder of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, was apprehended by troopers from Hakimpur on February 14 as he did not have a valid visa to enter India,” the Border Security Force (BSF) official said. “He has been handed over to Swarupnagar police station for necessary action,” he said.
Communicating in written Bengali, Ho told police he was keen to view the famous mausoleum that he had seen only in photographs. Ho has told the BSF that he wished to visit Kolkata.
Ho was produced in court and remanded in jail custody for 14 days. Police are trying to ascertain if Taj Mahal was what really led Ho to enter India illegally or whether he had a different motive. With no diplomatic ties with North Korea, cross-checking his antecedents will also prove difficult.
At Basirhat jail, authorities were wondering how they would locate a Korean interpreter when Ho uttered a few Bengali words.