Agartala, April 30, 2019
Acting on a tip-off, the Tripura police on the evening of April 30th, 2019 arrested four suspected Rohingyas — a woman and three minors in the state’s Unakoti district. Police nabbed the Rohingyas from the house of one 50-year-old Safiq Ali at Yeazikhoura village on suspicion of having crossed into Indo-Bangla international border and entered into India illegally from Bangladesh.
“We have detained four Rohingya refugees from the house of one Safiq Ali at Yeazikhoura village. They came here from Silchar town of Assam via train. Ali sheltered them and provided help,” Alamgir Hussain, officer-in-charge of Irania police station in Kailashahar of Unakoti district, said as The Indian Express quoted. Hussain further said no UNHCR refugee card or other documents were found in their possession.
The police raided Ali’s house based on a specific input and arrested the four, but declined to reveal their identities. Later, the four were produced before Kailashahar Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate’s (SDJM) court. The three minors were sent to a juvenile home while the woman will be in judicial custody for 14 days.
On April 23rd, 2019, the Mizoram police arrested a total of eight Rohingya girls who were on a bus which was on its way to Mizoram from Assam’s Silchar. According to reports, in a regular police checking, the girls were nabbed when they failed to produce any valid documents and identity cards. Later on April 26th, 2019, the arrested Rohingyas were deported to Assam by the Mizoram police.
It may be mentioned that over 50 Rohingya refugees have been detained in different parts of Tripura since January 2019.