Imphal: In a major breakthrough, six suspected Rohingya immigrants were arrested at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Manipur’s capital Imphal on Sunday.
The six persons, identified as Mohd Yusuf, Abdul Qadir, Huzaifa, Sadik, Md Saleh and Karimullah, were travelling from New Delhi by Indigo flight 6E-251 around 9.20 in the morning, according to officials.
The arrested men have been sent to police custody after they were produced before the court of magistrate, said DIG Range 1 Tamthing Ngashangva.
According to a police report, the team received an information about suspected illegal migrants entering the state via Delhi, following which the police team led by Inspector Th Gojen Singh were immediately alerted. The six suspected passengers were then detained for verification.
During a document verification process, as reported by the police, the six detainees were found possessing only Aadhaar card, with three of them having their addresses in Manipur while the rest three persons were from Hyderabad.
What raised suspicion was the fact that out of the six arrested, only one could speak in Hindi. The rest could neither speak Manipuri or English but only Urdu.
Police suspected that the six arrested persons might have entered the state by using forged documents to carry out illegal activities. A case has been registered at the Singjamei police station. Documents, including Aadhaar cards and flight tickets were seized, it said.
During an interrogation, one ATM card bearing the name Hoe Myint Naing of Yangon, Myanmar and one memo receipt in Myanmarese were also recovered from the possession of Sadik and Karimullah.
On further interrogation, their real identities were revealed as Yarzarlin of Kunblu, Mandalay; Min Min Oo of Myeik Myanmar; Soe Ko Ko of Myeik Myanmar; Moe Sat Naing of Pyinmanar, Myanmar; Nyi Nyi Soe of Myeik, Myanmar and Zaw Min Than of Yangoon, Myanmar.
It was also revealed that they were trained in madrasas in the national capital and other parts of the country. Moreover, according to reports, their documents, including Aadhaar cards were arranged by some agencies including those from Manipur before they were sent to the Northeast state.