UP ATS nabs Bangladeshi man for trafficking of Bangladeshis, Rohingyas
The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (UP ATS) has arrested a key member of a gang involved in the infiltration of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas in India before sending them abroad on fake Indian passports.
The man has been identified as Qayyum. The gang got Indian passports made for the Bangladeshis and Rohingyas using fake Hindu identities and there were sent abroad for work.
According to a press statement issued by the ATS, the arrested accused was identified as Mohammad Kayum Sikdar, a Bangladeshi national who was living under the pseudonym Khokhan Sardar in south Delhi. “Mohammad Kayum was brought to ATS headquarters in Lucknow for questioning, on the basis of information provided by another accused. Kayum was arrested after his involvement was found in the illegal racket,” read the press statement.
Inspector General ATS, Gajendra Kumar Goswami, said the name of Qayyum surfaced during questioning of the nine accused arrested from Kanpur and Kolkata on Monday.
“We interrogated Qayyum, who was living in Katwaria Sarai, New Delhi, on a fake identity as Khokhan Sardar, at the ATS headquarters in Lucknow and then arrested him,” the IG said.
As per ATS officials, Khokhan used to arrange fake Indian documents for Bangladeshis trafficked into the country. He also arranged jobs for them and facilitated their journey outside the country on fake Indian documents
Goswami said that during questioning Qayyum revealed that he was a key member of the syndicate and was given the task of ensuring the safe departure of Bangladeshis, Rohingyas from airports to their destination without any hassles.
ATS officials said Qayyum is proficient in English and Hindi languages and was paid Rs.1 lakh for the task.
“In case any Bangladeshi or Rohingya fumbled at the airport or landed in some trouble in any state, then Qayyum would tackle the situation,” the officials said.
ATS has also got a 12-day police custody remand of the nine Bangladeshis arrested from Kanpur on Monday with fake ID cards.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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