Kolkata Police STF team up with UP ATS for operation against Human traffickers
The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (UP ATS) nabbed a key facilitator of the gang who helped in making illegal documents to Bangladeshis and Rohingyas. He also had a reward of Rs.25000 on his head.
The ATS said that the arrested man, Ratan Mandal was a key player of the gang which illegally brings Bangladeshis, Rohingyas to India and then gets their Indian passports made using fake Hindu identities and thereafter sends them abroad.
The ATS confiscated two mobile phones, Aadhaar card, health, PAN card, e-shram, and ATM cards, semi-finished or completely made stamps of various banks, and one computer from the accused.
Earlier, in the first week of December, the UP ATS and the Kolkata STF in a joint operation arrested two Rohingyas, Noor Alam and Mohammad Jameel from Kolkata, for forging documents and helping the illegal entry of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas into India and abroad.
In the last three months, the UP ATS along with the Kolkata-Special Task Force has made a series of arrests — mostly facilitators who have smoothened the illegal entry of Bangladeshis and Rohingyas into the country particularly through the North Bengal border, giving a cause of worry for the police and the administration.
Last week, in a key operation conducted by Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad, Bangladeshi men were arrested from a residential building in Kolkata. The ATS had come from Lucknow to trace Mufizul Rehman, an alleged human trafficker when they arrested the 37 Bangladeshi nationals on suspicion that they illegally entered India’s West Bengal.
The operation can be kept ongoing and multiple raids are expected at different locations. Kolkata Police STF has teamed up with UP ATS for this operation.
Sources in the STF said that both the accused Noor Alam and Mohammad Jameel made fake Indian passports with Hindu identities for Rohingyas and Bangladeshis and sent them to different countries of the world. The arrests were made after interrogating four people — Mithun Mandal, Shaon Ahmed, Mominur Islam, and Mahendi Hasan — who were arrested in October for trafficking Bangladeshi and Myanmar citizens.
In November, the UP ATS had arrested Sameer Mandal (45) of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, and Vikram Singh from Hoshiarpur in Punjab who were involved in an international human trafficking racket that spread across South Africa and London.
On October 26, Mithun Mandal, Shaon Ahmed, Mominur Islam, and Mahendi Hasan were apprehended from Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Railway Station, Mughalsarai in the same human trafficking case.
“The brainwashing of meritorious but unemployed youth is such a problem that cannot be tackled by any police or anti-terror agency. Only police personnel at the grassroots level can tackle this problem to some extent. The state police authorities should give special training to the constable level personnel on these lines. But unfortunately, this system is not followed in West Bengal where the police are running short of personnel and hence, they are mainly involved in tackling only law and order problems. Very few of them are trained or equipped to tackle the sleeper cells,” a senior official of the Home Department said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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