STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 8th Apr: In the continuing drive against drugs and illegal immigrants, Tengnoupal district police arrested three Rohingyas including a woman from Moreh on Saturday.
The nabbed Rohingyas have been identified as Toiba Hatu alias Nargis (20) daughter of Abu Subiyan of Moungdau Baguna Madila Bhara, Myanmar; Md Seifullah (34) son of Kasim Abdul of Arakan district, Myanmar but presently residing at Moreh Ward No 5; and Md Salam (25) son of Muzafar Ali of Arakan district, Myanmar.
Tengnoupal SP Dr S Ibomcha informed media persons at the conference hall of SP Imphal West on Sunday that Tengnoupal district police have been continuing drive against drugs and illegal Rohingya immigrants at the border areas particularly at Moreh.
Following a tip off that some people are about to traffick women, district police team led by SDPO Moreh Sandeep Gopaldas, SDPO (CDO) Thomas Thokchom, OC Moreh inspector Vaiphei, commando OC Tarunkumar and CID (SB) conducted search operation at Moreh Ward No 5 Muslim Basti Saturday evening.
During the search, five people were found taking shelter in a rented room of one Ahmed Hussain (50). During verification, one woman and a man were found to be couple and possessed identity cards issued by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and released them. Among the remaining three people, Md Seifullah too was found possessing identity card issued by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees but one woman and the last man did not possessed any identification documents.
Md Seifullah confessed to trafficking women from different places including India while promising to provide job to them. As police are suspicious that Toiba Hatu alias Nargis could have been trafficked, all the remaining three people were detained, Ibomcha added.
Quoting Seifullah telling the police during interrogation; Ibomcha said Seifullah worked together with one Md Ismail son of Makakmayum Wahid Ali of Bengun Maning Leikai in trafficking Rohingya women from Myanmar. Police are looking for Ismail and Ahmed Hussain (owner of the rented room), he said, adding that three Rohingya Muslims who entered illegally into Manipur on March 22 are currently in judicial custody.