Imphal: Two Rohingya women were arrested by Manipur police from the Gularthola area of Jiribam district on Monday after intercepting their vehicle under Section 14 A (b) of the Foreigners Act. The police also reportedly recovered fake Indian voter ID cards, among other items, from the two women, Kushida Begum (19) and Khalida Begum (20).
The women are said to hail from the Buthidang town in Rakhine state of Myanmar.
The voter ID cards recovered from the arrested women are in the names of Haoyarun Nessa (20), daughter of Join Uddin, and Nenai Bibi (22), daughter of Akaddach Ali, of Gamariya village under Ramkrishnanagar police station in Assam’s Karimganj district.
Jiribam SP M Mubi Singh was quoted by media reports as saying: “During checking at Gularthol, the cruiser passenger vehicle bearing registration number AS-10C-2582 was intercepted and the two women passengers were detained for verification. They finally admitted that they are Rohingiya Muslims from Myanmar."
The two Rohingya women had reportedly stayed in Assam’s Cachar and Karimganj districts for a month after infiltrating into India from Bangladesh through Tripura.
In September this year, the Manipur police had arrested a couple, alleged to be the masterminds in the trafficking of Rohingyas from Myanmar into Manipur. Similarly, in Februray this year, the Jiribam police had arrested three Rohingya women and a human trafficker while they were trying to sneak into Manipur with fake documents.
The Manipur police have so far arrested 18 Rohingya Muslims from different parts of the state so far this year.