BY TC News Desk
Agartala, November 12: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has cracked down on a human trafficking racket operating in Tripura, arresting 21 traffickers and taking them to Delhi. The NIA team conducted the raid without informing the state intelligence police, who were caught off guard. The Border Security Force (BSF) also became alert after the NIA operation and nabbed 14 Bangladeshi nationals from Vaishnabpur in Sabrum on Sunday morning.
According to sources, some of the detained Bangladeshis were planning to board a train to Delhi. They are currently being interrogated at the Sabroom police station. The NIA suspects that Tripura has become a corridor for human trafficking, exploiting the failure of the state’s intelligence wing. The NIA has also arrested many Rohingyas in various places across the country in the last few days.
The police have identified three local residents, Kraisu Mog, Athubhai Mog and Khoka Tripura, as the main agents involved in bringing the 14 Bangladeshi citizens to the state illegally. Their home is in Vaishnabpur border area. These three human traffickers have been arrested by the Sabroom police, along with two women. Two others are still on the run. Several children are among the detained Bangladeshi nationals. The OC of Sabrum police station said that legal action will be taken against the traffickers and efforts are being made to arrest the remaining fugitives.
The police learned from the preliminary interrogation that the arrested Bangladeshis had come to the state with the intention of going to Delhi. The NIA has also found that not only the Sabrum border, but also several other border areas of the state, including Sonamura, are being used for human trafficking to different parts of the country. This is a matter of concern and the defense department is expected to take measures to prevent illegal infiltration in the coming days.