ALOR SETAR-: A Bangladeshi illegal immigrant literally found himself in deep water when he plunged into a river to escape from state immigration enforcement officers.
The 36-year-old struggled to swim across the river as his escape to freedom was marred by strong currents.
Unable to keep afloat, the man surrendered to the enforcement officers about 4.30pm in the incident yesterday.
Kedah Immigration Department director, Mohamad Yusri Hashim said the suspect who worked at a recycling centre was plucked from the river to facilitate investigations.
“He tried to swim across the river but strong currents prevented his bid to escape,” he said in a statement here today.
He said the foreigner was nabbed during an immigration operation dubbed ‘Ops Sapu’ to inspect a recycling centre in Alor Mengkudu, Alor Setar, and a residence in Mukim Jeneri, Sik.
In the operation, 29 illegal immigrants comprising 18 Bangladeshi, six Nepalese and five Cambodians aged between 22 and 51, were arrested for various offences.
They are being held in the immigration lock-up at Bangunan Kementerian Dalam Negeri, Alor Setar, to facilitate investigations prior to being sent to the Belantik Immigration Detention Depot in Sik.- BERNAMA