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Another 18 Rohingyas arrested

Eighteen Rohingya refugees, en route to Delhi in search of jobs, were arrested from Teliamura in Tripura's Khowai district, 50km from here, on Thursday afternoon.

By Debraj Deb in Agartala
  • Published 20.04.18
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Agartala: Eighteen Rohingya refugees, en route to Delhi in search of jobs, were arrested from Teliamura in Tripura's Khowai district, 50km from here, on Thursday afternoon.

Khowai superintendent of police Krishnendu Chakravertty told reporters that 11 men, three women and four children were detained after the Guwahati-bound bus they were travelling in was raided following a tip-off.

He said the arrested persons had admitted to being Rohingyas and that they had crossed the Bangladesh border into enter India.

Asked how they had managed to cross the heavily guarded international border, the police officer said their route was unclear but it is suspected that they crossed over from Chittagong in Bangladesh. He said preliminary investigation had revealed that the Rohingyas were en route to Delhi.

"They were going to Vikasnagar in Delhi. The arrested persons have claimed that more Rohingyas are living in Delhi and that there is abundance of odd jobs there," Chakravertty said. The arrested persons are being interrogated to trace their route. They will be produced in a local court on Friday.

On January 14 this year, six Rohingya refugees were arrested from Dharmanagar railway station in North Tripura district, 170km from here. Eight others were arrested from the Khayerpur market area in West Tripura district, 10km from Agartala, on November 29 last year.

Tripura shares an 856km border with Bangladesh. According to the police, Rohingya refugees use the neighbouring country as a corridor to enter India.

In a letter to the Tripura chief secretary in October last year, the Union home ministry had directed that Rohingya refugees be identified and monitored.

The letter, written by joint secretary in the home ministry Dilip Kumar, said infiltration from Rakhine state of Myanmar, where they face persecution, into India was putting a burden on the limited resources of the country and aggravating its security challenges.