Two Nigerians, arrested at the weekend in India, for crossing illegally from Bangladesh, were kept in the isolation ward of Karimganj civil hospital in south Assam.
The Nigerians identified as Kanu Kingsby, 28 and Chinedu Nangshu(sic), 30, were brought to Karimganj civil hospital on Sunday for coronavirus test. But they tested negative.
The Telegraph newspaper, quoting the police, said the Nigerians were arrested on the Assam-Tripura border checkpost in Churaibari.
They did not have any valid documents and identity cards and were travelling in a Agartala-Guwahati night super-bus of Swapna Travels (No.AS 01 JC 8052) at Churaibari.
The officer-in-charge of Churaibari checkpost, Mintu Seal, said they had been handed over to nearby Bazaricherra police station and would be produced in court.
The police suspect that they had entered India from the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura illegally.
They told the police that they would sell clothes and perfume in India.