NIA arrests six people for “trafficking” Rohingya Muslims into India

The National Investigation Agency on Sunday arrested six people who are allegedly part of a syndicate involved in the “illegal trafficking” of Rohingya Muslims into Indian territory.

The network was operating in the border areas of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya as well as other parts of the country, an NIA official said.

“NIA busted a human trafficking racket operating in the border areas of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya and other parts of the country. Searches have been conducted at multiple locations in Assam, Meghalaya and Karnataka,” The press statement reads.

“The case pertains to the illegal trafficking of Rohingya Muslims into the Indian territory to re-settle them on the basis of forged Indian identity documents”.

NIA had registered the case as RC-05/2021/ NIA-GUW on 27-12-2021 under Sections 370 and 370(A) of IPC

“The mastermind of the racket Kumkum Ahmed Chaudhury was operating this illegal trafficking network from Bengaluru. Other active members of this racket are spread in various parts of the country” it added.

NIA claims a large number of incriminating documents, articles and digital devices have been seized during the search. Further investigation into the case will continue, says the press note.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the most persecuted minority in the world, fled their homes in 2017 to escape the brutal crackdown by the Myanmarese military.

nearly¬†17,000 Rohingyas¬†live in refugee camps across India under constant threat to be deported. Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has been apathetic to Rohingya refugees who wants to take refuge in India.