Manipur police commandos on Wednesday apprehended a couple for allegedly plotting the "trafficking" of Rohingya from Myanmar into the state.
As stated by Tengnoupal SP S Ibomcha Singh the couple - 51-year-old Rashid Ali and his wife Khulakpam Tahir Begum - who are from Uttar Pradesh, were taken into custody from Yairipok Ningthounai SabalLeikai locality in
Imphal East district on Wednesday around 5 am.
The SP further said the couple had been escaping since May 1 and was arrested under sections of the Indian Penal Code. Singh, who is handling the case, said that a person who was arrested in May by the police regarding trafficking of Rohingyas had confessed that at least six of them were brought into the state with the couple's help.
He added, "The couple was involved in trafficking of four Rohingya, including one woman, in May this year."
The SP added the Manipur police are on the alert to capture Rohingyas who have entered the state illegally from the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh in Tengnoupal district and from Jiribam town in neighbouring Assam.T he Centre maintain Rohingya in the country as illegal immigrants.
A case has been registered against the two under FIR No.34(5)2018 MRH/PS U/S 370/465/468/471 IPC and 14 Foreigner's Act.
Police seize two mobile phones, One PAN card in the name of Md.Rashid Ali, One election ID card naming Md.Rashid Ali, One Aadhaar card in the name of Md.Rashid Ali and One ATM VISA card of Syndicate Bank.
Police are now investigating on how the two manage to get a huge amount of money for transportation of the Rohingya to the state of Manipur.
In April The Manipur Police have arrested two Rohingya Muslim men for trafficking of Rohingyas, from Moreh.
Ethnic Rohingyas have fled the Rakhine state of Myanmar since that country's army launched an eradication drive against on them after an attack by Arakan rebels on it and the police in 2016.
The crackdown followed by wide displacement of the Rohingyas and their subsequent influx to Bangladesh and the north eastern states of Assam and Manipur, which share an unfenced border with Myanmar.