As many as Eighteen Rohingya refugees, including three children and four women, were arrested on Thursday in Tripura’s Khowai district for entering the country illegally.
Based on specific information, the Rohingyas from Myanmar, who had illegally entered Tripura via Bangladesh, were arrested near Teliamura area. According to police the Rohingyas entered the state and were trying to go to Delhi in search of jobs.
The Rohingyas from Myanmar had illegally entered Tripura and a few other northeastern states via Bangladesh in the past in search of work. But, subsequently, they were pushed back following legal and security formalities.
On January 14 this year, six Rohingya refugees were arrested from Dharmanagar railway station in North Tripura district, 170 km from here. Eight others were arrested from Khayerpur market area in West Tripura district, 10 Km from Agartala city, on November 29 last year.
Over 6,70,000 Rohingyas, living in Myanmar, had fled the northwestern province of Rakhine in August last year after a wave of persecution and violence that the United Nations described as an attempt at “ethnic cleansing”.