Assam 8 November: In a significant development, a joint operation conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Assam Police has successfully apprehended 47 individuals involved in facilitating the illegal entry of Rohingyas into Assam and other states. The operation, carried out in collaboration with law enforcement agencies across multiple states, has exposed the extent of this nationwide human trafficking network.
The operation was initiated after the Special Task Force (STF) in Assam launched an investigation in July, following the interception and questioning of a group of Rohingyas who had entered Assam via a train from Tripura. According to Special DGP of Assam, Harmeet Singh, the matter quickly escalated to a national security concern with interstate ramifications.
The Chief Minister of Assam and higher authorities deemed it necessary to transfer the case to the NIA, which subsequently launched a comprehensive investigation. Over time, the NIA, in coordination with local law enforcement, gathered crucial evidence that led to the identification of numerous touts and middlemen operating across the country.
In the early hours of today, the NIA, in a collaborative effort with the Assam Police, conducted a synchronized operation across several states. The operation successfully apprehended 47 individuals involved in this illicit human trafficking network. Out of the 47 arrested, 25 were from Tripura, 5 from Assam, 3 from West Bengal, 9 from Karnataka, 1 from Haryana, 1 from Telangana, and 3 from Tamil Nadu.
This operation is a significant breakthrough in combating human trafficking and illegal infiltration, highlighting the necessity of joint efforts between central and state law enforcement agencies to ensure national security. The investigation is ongoing, and further details are expected to emerge as authorities delve deeper into the matter.