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Recently there are incidents that Rohingyas are crossing Indo-Bangladesh border to enter Tripura and from there moving all the way through Barak Valley for destinations in Manipur and Mizoram. In most of cases they fail to reach there and get caught by the security forces.
After the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, Rohingyas in large number were forced to desert their hearths and homes. As a humanitarian gesture, Bangladesh came forward to open relief camps for these helpless Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar. There might be some trespassing of the Rohingyas through the Northeast India also.
But the Indian security forces are very strict on this issue. Even though sometimes they are trickling in Assam and taking shelter with their sympathizers. In recent time, 3 Rohingiyas were detained by railway protection force at Lumding junction.
Just three days back, a group of Rohingya girls sheltered somewhere in this valley were making their way to Mizoram in a Sumo at dead of night. At the entry point of Vereingte check gate, the Mizoram police on suspicion detained the vehicle. The driver identified as Kajal Roy and the Rohingya, eight in number including two teens, were taken into custody for questioning. Kajal Roy simply said at the instruction of Sumo owner Amrul Ahmed of Kabuganj, he was taking them to Aizawl. These girls have been identified as Tyaiba Begum, Rubina Begum, Tasmin Begum, Sukhu Begum, Noor Kayas Begum, Atrija Begum, Samwar Begum and Saminar Begum. All are between 18 to 22 years. They hail from Mangdu town of Myanmar.
The girls were lured by some middlemen from the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp to be taken to Malaysia for jobs. How they landed there remains a mystery. From all indications and according to the inputs from Vereingte police of Mizoram, these girls have been trapped by human traffickers. Mizoram police is investigating it from all possible angles in order to reach the root of this serious development. A few days back, 8 Rohingiyas including 4 young girls were picked up from the house of Siribul Islam Barbhuiya of Saidpur, Sonabarighat. Siribul was arrested by Assam police and put on trial and jailed for sheltering the Myanmar citizens.
The teenaged girls were sent to an observation home. The masterminds who brought the women all the way from Cox’s Bazar, Md Riaz and Amir Khan, in the face of cross-examination by police, made contradictory statements only to land in jail. They were all booked under the Foreigners’ Act of 14(a) and 14(b). But, from all indications, the girls including teens are being lured for human trafficking. Utpal Chanda, the investigation officer attached to Rangirkhari police station, did admit the seriousness of the problem.