Another big arrest in Tripura trafficking racket

PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

Agartala: Police arrested a third accused in running a human trafficking racket in the border villages of Tripura based on information from two other accused who were arrested last week.

Delaware Hussein was arrested from Sobhapur village of Sonamura in West Tripura on Saturday.

The two other accused — Kurban Ali, a resident of Indiranagar area of Sonamura and Abdul Rashid Dar, a resident of Kashmir valley — were arrested last week along with 25 Myanmar nationals belong to the Rohingya community from Kurban’s house.

Sub-divisional magistrate of Sonamura Debolina Kilikdar has sent all three accused to five-days police remand.

Superintendent of police (Sepahijala) Pradip Pal said Delaware was arrested based on the information revealed by Ali and Dar while in police custody. They admitted that they had been running a trafficking racket along with a gang in West Bengal. According to police, the detained Myanmar nationals were trapped by the racket in Bangladesh. They were brought to India through the western border to be sold in northern India at a cost of Rs 1 lakh each.

“The women and girls were being sent to brothels while the men were made to join criminal gangs,” a police officer said quoting the confession of the accused persons. They have already sent many people to different parts of India.

The racket has administrative reach in Tripura by which they managed fake passports and sent people outside India. They also admitted that some more Myanmarese were sold through this racket in northern India and Kashmir, police said.

During investigation, police traced a joint account of Kurban Ali with Joel Shikdar, a resident of 24 Parganas of West Bengal in SBI. The account has a record of huge transactions in the past few months

Seven men, eight women and 10 children from Myanmar were sentenced three months jail for illegal entry into the Indian territory. Tripura police is also contacting the Myanmar embassy for their release.

Tripura has reported as many as 13 cases of fake passport rackets in the last one year. In all the cases, passports were processed from different district magistrate offices of Tripura with fake documents. But in none of the cases could police could identify the culprits in the administration.

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