Seven children among 24 Rohingya refugees arrested in Assam

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Seven children were among 24 Rohingya refugees arrested by authorities in Assam.

According to NDTV, nine Rohingya refugees, including three women and a child, were arrested from the railway station in Assam’s Guwahati on Sunday morning. They were allegedly carrying fake UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) ID cards.

A GRP, or Government Railway Police, personnel said the group – six women, three men and a child – was arrested during a check on the Agartala-Deogarh Express. They were accompanied by an Indian citizen – 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.

Located in southern Assam, Karimganj shares borders with Bangladesh and Tripura.

Earlier this week the Home Ministry told parliament that those entering the country illegally, including the Rohingya, would be considered a “threat to national security”.

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