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14 foreigners arrested on a train for illegally entering India


A total of 14 foreign nationals believed to be from the Rohingya community were arrested on the Agartala-New Delhi Rajdhani Special Express for illegally entering India from Bangladesh, a Northeast Frontier Railway spokesman said Thursday.

The railways’ security helpline 182 “proved effective, leading to his arrest,” he said.

On November 24, the Alipurduar Security Control of the Railway Protection Force received a call from a passenger on the helpline regarding misconduct by some, after which RPF officials reported the matter to their counterparts in New Jalpaiguri under the Katihar Division, where the train had its next scheduled stop.

Upon arrival, the group was questioned and their ticket details revealed that they were all traveling under false names, he said.

The spokesman said that during questioning it was learned that they fled a “refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh” and entered India.

A case has been registered under the Aliens (Amendment) Act.

The detainees were presented to the magistrate and later sent to judicial custody, he added.

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