Rohingya settlement Credit: File image

The Assam Police apprehended 13 Rohingya, including six children, in southern Assam’s Karimganj on Tuesday. Police said the group had recently crossed over from Bangladesh and was on its way to different parts of the country.

Mayank Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Karimganj, said 13 Rohingya were apprehended on December 22 from a night bus headed to Guwahati from Agartala. The group includes four men, three women and six children.

A second police official said the group comprises of at least two families and had been living in refugee camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. At least two of them were in India in the past.

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“They were headed to Delhi, Hyderabad and Jammu,” said the second police official. “They have told us that they are here because there is no work in Bangladesh and they have relatives here,” the official said. Delhi, Hyderabad and Jammu have Rohingya settlements.

This official said the 13 Rohingya crossed over from Bangladesh to Tripura with help of touts in different groups. “They paid Rs 10,000-20,000 for the illegal crossing,” the police official said quoting their statements in detention.

On Wednesday, a court in Karimganj remanded the four Rohingya men to five days in police custody, while the women were sent to judicial custody.

More than a million Rohingya refugees live in the camps in Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh after they fled several episodes of violence in Myanmar. Bangladeshi authorities recently started moving refugees to the remote Bay of Bengal island of Bhasan Char amid concerns by rights groups.

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