Guwahati, Feb 3 : Seven Assam bound Rohingya children were detained by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from a railway station in Tripura on Sunday.
According to the reports, during checking, the RPF team had detained the Rohingya children including six girls and one boy from the Dharamnagar railway station in North Tripura while they were trying to go to Badarpur in Southern Assam’s Karimganj district by train.
A top official of RPF said that, they were accompanied by touts reached at Dharamnagar from Agartala by bus and intended to go to Badarpur by train.
“All are under 18 and they were handed over to Tripura police for further legal formalities,” the RPF official said.
The RPF official further said that, the touts were managed to escape from the area.
“Railway tickets to Badarpur were found in possession from them and they might have been trafficking by middlemen,” the RPF officer said.
On the other hand, an official of Tripura police said that, they would be lodged in juvenile home run by the Tripura government.
It to be mentioned that, 68 Rohingya muslims, mostly children were arrested by Police in Tripura and Assam’s Karimganj district recently.
The Assam police had arrested 30 Rohingyas including 12 children from a Guwahati-bound passenger bus (AS-25CC-8685) came from Agartala at Churaibari area in Karimganj district along Assam-Tripura border on January 21 night.
On January 3, five Rohingyas including two women were deported to Myanmar via Manipur’s Moreh along Indo-Myanmar border.
The five Rohingyas, who illegally entered into India in 2014 and lodged in a foreigner detention camp inside the Tezpur jail in Assam’s Sonitpur district after they were found guilty of illegally entered into India.
In October last, seven Rohingyas were deported to Myanmar through Moreh along Indo-Myanmar border.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)