Guwahati: A group of Indian Muslims are trying to set up a Rohingya Jihad network in Assam. The sensational revelation has come up during the investigation of a case related to the arrest of 24 Rohingya in Assam in the month of June-July. In June, the Government Railway Police personnel (GRP) had arrested nine Rohingya refugees, including three women and a child, in Assam's Guwahati. They were allegedly carrying fake UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) ID cards. An Indian citizen–Aman Ullah of Jammu's Narwal, accompanied the group. The group of Rohingyas were on their way to Jammu. Ullah was monitoring the illegal entry of the Rohingyas via Bangladesh through Tripura or Assam borders. Railway police also arrested 15 Rohingyas along with three Indian agents from Badarpur in Assam in July. All the arrested Rohingyas were travelling to Tripura by rail.
In the investigation carried out by GRP, it was found that the arrested Indian agent from Narwal, Jammu, Aman Ullah, had direct links with a Jihadi group identified as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and under whose direction, Aman Ullah was setting up secret Jihadi camps and sleeper cells in Assam.
Assam police transferred Aman Ullah's case to the NIA for further probe last week. Highly placed NIA sources told the 'Organiser' that they had taken over the investigation on Friday. The agency will investigate the Jihadi angle of the case.
Aman Ullah, during the interrogation, revealed that Bangladeshi and Rohingya youths are infiltrated through hidden tunnels below the Indo-Bangladesh border. The youths are then sent to designated areas to further the purpose of Jihadi training.
In January this year, the Assam police had found a 200-metre-long hidden tunnel connecting India and Bangladesh in the Karimganj district. A Bangladeshi youth arrested by Karimganj police revealed the secret tunnel. He entered India through this tunnel before arrest. Karimganj district shares a 92 km long border with neighbouring Bangladesh. Police suspected that the secret tunnel was used for illegal infiltration, smuggling and other illicit activities belonging to the fencing.
Assam police also arrested two Indian handlers (middlemen) who assisted Rohingyas and Bangladeshis in entering India from Bangladesh from the Badarpur area of Karimganj district. Three other Bangladeshis were also arrested along with the handlers. The kingpin of the handlers racket, Sahabuddin, revealed that handlers from Bangladesh sent Rohingyas to Assam and paid 30 to 40 thousand per person. After receiving the Rohingyas in Assam, Tripura, the Indian handlers sent Rohingyas to various parts of the country using forged documents.