From A Correspondent
Agartala, Nov 9 : Police detained ten foreigners, seven Mayanmary Rohingas and three
Bangladeshi, from Somura while proceeding towards Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.
Acting on a secret report police raided a den of human smugglers in Karayamura area of Somura in Sipahijala district and picked them up. During interrogation, all the detainees admitted that they were proceeding towards Uttar Pradesh in search of job.
Seven of them Mukter Hussen (23), Mohammud Yusuf (23), Rukhia Begam (14), Rehe Begam (22), Nur Begam (23), Yeaser Ahamed (2) and Fatima (3) claimed that they had to flee from Mayanmar following persecution.
The three others Yeaser Ahamed (21), Nur Hussen (24) and Muhammad Mustafa (26) claimed to be resident of Cox Bazar in Bangladesh. Amal Chakraborty, officer-in-charge of Somura police station, who led the raid, said the primary investigation did not find any insurgency or crimil connection with the detainees and suspected that searching job is their only intention. The investigation further revealed that they crossed over to Somura from Bangladesh. It is also suspected that a human smuggling racket is behind them. The detainees also admitted that someone assured them of giving job in Uttar Pradesh but police is yet to identify that person. The detainees also said that many others from their locality had earlier left for Aligarh and were working there. It may be recalled that Mayanmari Rohingas were using Tripura as corridors for fanning out in different parts of the country in search of job. Earlier also several time Mayanmary citizens were detained while passing through Tripura.