Dibya Kamal Bordoloi
Rohingya crossed the border with the help of an Indian handler who was arrested based on the confession statement of the arrested Rohingya.
Guwahati: Dozens of Rohingya entered Assam from Bangladesh and tried to spread across the county searching for a job using fake documents. Assam police successfully busted such a network and arrested at least 26 Rohingya in three separate operations. On 5 August, Assam railway police arrested two Rohingya and three Indian Muslim handlers from Badarpur in Karimganj District on specific information.
Arrested Rohingya couple of Myanmar Aayash Karim and Yashmin Begum entered Assam from Bangladesh through the Indo-Bangla border in Karimganj district. Police also arrested three handlers, Abdul Rahim, Sahabuddin and Shahidulla. The arrested Indian handlers facilitate the illegal entry of Rohingya into India via the Indo-Bangla border in the Karimgang district of Assam. On 27 July, railway police arrested 9 Rohingya, including three women and a child, in Guwahati railway station from Agartala-Deograh Express.
In their confession, the arrested Rohingyas said that they entered Bangladesh from Myanmar and crossed the Indian border in Tripura. Indian handlers helped them cross the border and sent them for 30 to 40 thousand rupees to various places. One Indian Muslim handler, Aman Ullah of Nerwal Jammu, was also arrested along with them. The arrested Rohingya’s were travelling to Hyderabad in search of a job. On 23 July, railway police arrested 15 Rohingya, including three women and six children, from Badarpur railway station in the Karimgang district.
They were trying to board the Silchar-Agartala train when railway police arrested them. Police sources said that these Rohingya reached Guwahati from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh by train, and then they reached Badarpur by bus. All of these were carrying fake UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Identity cards. Arrested Rohingya’s confessed that their Indian handlers helped them cross the international border and send them to Aligarh in search of a job. But they couldn’t settle in Aligarh, so they have returned to Tripura on the advice of their handlers.
In December last year, 21 Rohingya were arrested at the Indo-Bangla border, and all of them were travelling to Delhi, Hyderabad and Jammu. In January this year also 30 Rohingya were arrested by police in Karimganj district, who were returned from Jammu to enter Bangladesh via Karimganj border.