New Delhi: The Railway Police Force (RPF) on Sunday detained 16 people including 12 foreign nationals at Agartala railway station, for illegally entering India, news agency ANI reported citing officials. The detained accused also included a middleman named Abhijit Deb of Madhupur, the police said.
Based on input, the RPF detained 16 people including three children from the station. This included 12 foreign nationals; two Bangladeshi and 10 Rohingyas, Government Railway Police (GRP) Station in-charge Rana Chatterjee said, ANI reported. As per the police, they all had illegally entered India from Bangladesh. The police are interrogating the accused and trying to find out the route of their illegal trespassing.
According to ANI, they were about to board the Kanchanjunga Express to Kolkata at 8:05 am from Agartala Railway Station. The accused were sent for medical examination before being produced in court. A specific case has also been registered against them. Further investigation is underway in the case.
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According to an official report prepared by the Border Security Force, a total of 89 Rohingyas among 501 miscreants were caught in 2022 along the India-Bangladesh border with Meghalaya and Tripura on charges of their involvement in trans-border crimes. According to the report, a total of 30 Rohingyas were caught from the Meghalaya border and 59 from the Tripura border with Bangladesh.
The 30 Rohingyas apprehend on the Meghalaya border were among 132 miscreants that included 41 Bangladeshis and 61 Indian nationals who were found involved in one or other trans-border crime. They were apprehended by BSF Meghalaya while conducting various operations.
However, 59 Rohingyas apprehended by BSF Tripura in different operations were among 369 miscreants that included 160 Indian and 150 Bangladeshi nationals.
The Rohingya people are a stateless Indo-Aryan ethnic group who predominantly follow Islam and reside in Rakhine State, Myanmar (previously known as Burma). Before the Rohingya genocide in 2017, when over 740,000 fled to Bangladesh, an estimated 1.4 million Rohingya lived in Myanmar.