GUWAHATI, July 25: Altogether nine Rohingya refugees, including three women and a child were arrested by Government Railway Police (GRP) from Guwahati railway station here on Sunday.
They were allegedly carrying fake UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) ID cards at the time of detention.
A senior official of GRP said the group – six women, three men and a child – were arrested during a check at the Agartala-Deogarh Express. They were accompanied by an Indian citizen named Aman Ullah of Jammu’s Narwal.
On Friday, 15 Rohingya – six children, six men and three women – were arrested by GRP personnel in Badarpur in Karimganj district as they tried to board the Silchar-Agartala train.
Since none of the 15 have valid papers, their arrest is being treated as a case of illegal entry, the GRP said, adding that they had travelled from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, where they were looking for jobs, and were trying to return to Bangladesh.
In December last year, 13, including six children, were arrested in Karimganj. Police sources said they were from Cox’s Bazar and were trying to reach Delhi, Hyderabad or Jammu in search of work.
A month earlier police said they had arrested eight for trying to illegally enter India via Myanmar.
More than 7.3 lakh Rohingya Muslims – one of Myanmar’s largest minority ethnic groups – fled their homeland in 2017 after a deadly crackdown, which the United Nations would later call “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.