Racketeers helping Rohingya enter country : National Investigation Agency

Six people from India’s North-East have been accused of human trafficking involving Rohingyas of Myanmar and Bangladeshi nationals, who were brought into India using forged and fake documents, which the National Investigation Agency (NIA) says is part of a larger conspiracy to destabilise the population ratio in the country. NIA investigators pressed charges in a Special Court in Guwahati against Kumkum Ahmed Choudhury, Ahiya Ahmed Choudhury, Bapan Ahmed Choudhury, Shahalam Laskar and Jamaluddin Choudhury from Assam’s Cachar District, and Wanbiang Suting from East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya for criminal conspiracy, trafficking of multiple persons and trafficking of minors under sections 120(b) and 370(3) and 370(5) of Indian Penal Code. The NIA said that besides the pecuniary benefit associated with the trafficking of humans from one country to another, there’s a more sinister design of destabilising the population ratio of India also at work.

The first information report (FIR) of the present case, which was filed by NIA in December last year, mentioned that Indian racketeers in collusion with their Bangladeshi counterparts were ‘inducing’ Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi Muslims to enter India illegally through porous border passages in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Bengal using forged documents.

Once they enter India, the accused and their co-conspirators transport these illegal immigrants to different parts of the country using their contacts, NIA said.

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The NIA registered the case in Guwahati based on directions from the Union Home Ministry following information about the racket. The Ministry order of 23rd December 2021 stated that the gravity of the offence has national and international ramifications. The NIA is at present also probing the alleged indoctThese infiltrated foreign nationals mix up with the common masses in the long run and settle in India permanently. There is a well-designed larger conspiracy to exploit the illegal migrantsrination of youth from Assam to join terror outfits and create a base for Al Qaida in India. The agency had arrested five people, four from Barpeta District and one belonging to Narayanganj District of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi national, Saiful Islam, entered India illegally and worked as an Arabic teacher in a mosque in the Barpeta District. He is accused of leading a module of the Ansarullah Bangla Team, a Bangladesh-based Muslim terror outfit affiliated to Al Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent. Saiful Islam is alleged to have motivated youth to join the terror outfit.

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