Guwahati: In what can be termed as a success for Indian Railway’s toll-free helpline number, a call regarding misbehaviour by some passengers led to the arrest of 14 illegal immigrants, believed to be from the Rohingya community, on Wednesday.
A release by Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) informed that an on-board passenger called on the security helpline number 182 to complain regarding misbehaviour by some passengers of coach no B – 10 in train no 02501 Agartala – New Delhi Special Rajdhani Express. The Alipurduar Security Control of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials passed on this information to their counterpart in New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal where the said train was scheduled to stop next.
A team of RPF and Government Railway Police (GRP) checked the train at New Jalpaiguri and found that 14 passengers who boarded the train from Badarpur, Assam did not have any legal document / Identity Cards to prove their citizenship. Also, upon checking, their tickets were found to be fake, that is, the tickets were generated in the name of others.
The group was de-trained and taken to GRP police station at New Jalpaiguri. During interrogation, it was found that all of them have fled away from the “Refugee Camp of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh” and entered India.
A case was registered under section 14 A Foreigner’s (Amendment) Act. Subsequently, they were presented before the Magistrate on Thursday and sent to judicial custody.