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Alleged victims of trafficking being rescued by the Manipur police after a raid in a hotel
Alleged victims of trafficking being rescued by the Manipur police after a raid in a hotel|Representational image
MIZORAM

Mizoram: 8 Rohingya girls rescued from Myanmar border

The victims, aged between 15 and 16 years, were allegedly trafficked from Bangladesh and were to be sent to Myanmar via Saikhumphai village in Champhai district

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Nearly two months after eight Rohingya women were arrested along the Mizoram-Assam border, Mizoram police have rescued yet another eight Rohingya girls from a village near the Mizoram-Myanmar border in Champhai district on Monday, a police officer said on Wednesday.

Mizoram Deputy Inspector General of Police (Northern Range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said that the Rohingya girls, suspected to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued from Dungtlang village, about 210 km from here.

The girls aged 15-16 years were suspected to be trafficked from Bangladesh and were believed to be sent to Myanmar via Saikhumphai village, where their helper was reportedly camping, he said.

The officer said that the girls did not possess valid travel documents and could not speak Hindi and other languages.

The girls were produced before chief judicial magistrate on Tuesday and they will be sent to corrective homes, he added.

No suspect trafficker (s) has been arrested so far.

The eight Rohingya women who were arrested by Mizoram police near Assam border and were pushed back to Assam on April 23
The eight Rohingya women who were arrested by Mizoram police near Assam border and were pushed back to Assam on April 23
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Earlier on April 23, eight Rohingya women were arrested by the state police at Vairengte check post on the Mizoram-Assam border while trying to enter the state without valid travel documents.

The Rohingya women aged 18-22 years told police that they were from Kutupalong refugee campin in Banlades’s Sabulara and were abducted while going to market.

They were being transported to Silchar to be sent to Myanmar via Mizoram.

The women are still being kept in a protective home run by the state government and are yet to be sent to Assam, the police said.

Though the Centre directed Indian states to push back the Rohingya girls immediately after their arrest, the Mizoram government is facing inconvenience in handing over the trafficked girls to the Myanmar government due to absence of extradition treaty between India and Myanmar.

Since recent years, Mizoram has become safe passage for traffickers. In April, Central Young Mizo Association (CYMA), the largest civil body in the state, had constituted a committee to study Mizoram being increasingly used by human traffickers as a trafficking route.

The state police also had in April rescued 23 Nepali girls, suspected to be victims of human trafficking, who were later  handed over to the Nepal government.