In a major development in the past few days, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has busted an international human trafficking racket operating out of the border areas in northeast India. The NIA was investigating a case pertaining to the illegal trafficking of Rohingya Muslims into Indian territory to re-settle them on the basis of forged Indian identity documents. The agency had registered acase in the matter on December 27 last year.
Six people have been arrested in this case so far, four of them are from the Cachar district of Assam.
2 Rohingya girls were also rescued from the Guwahati railway station, police sources said.
The rackets were active in the border areas of Assam, West Bengal, Meghalaya and other parts of the country, they added.
“The man who was the main accused lived in Bangaluru and used to control the racket. The other caught from here used to help him, we cannot share more details since the operation is still on,” said Cachar Superintendent of Police Ramandeep Kaur.
The arrested human traffickers have been identified as Kumkum Ahmed Choudhury, Sahalam Laskar, Ahiya Ahmed Choudhury, Bapan Ahmed Choudhury, Jamaluddin Ahmed Choudhury and Wanbiang Suting.
During the searches, the NIA said it seized a large number of incriminating documents, articles and digital devices.
The mastermind of the racket Kumkum Ahmed Chaudhury, alias K.K. Ahmed Choudhury alias Asiqul Ahmed, was operating this illegal trafficking network from Bengaluru, police sources said.