Human trafficking: National Investigation Agency (NIA) charged 12 Bangladeshi nationals in a massive human trafficking case involving the infiltration and trafficking of foreign nationals into India through the India-Bangladesh border, the agency stated on Tuesday.
The accused are identified as Md Ferdous Bapari, Muhammed Oli Ullah, Amol Das, Masud Sarder, MD Sohag Gazi, Suman Shaik, Sk. Md. Bellal, Md Mirazul Islam, Zakir Khan, Md Badal Houladar, Md. Kabir Talukder, Gharami Mohamad Bashir Hosen, and Saudi Zakir.
According to the NIA, the accused entered India illegally without valid travel documents and fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents.
“These men were trafficked through porous Indo-Bangla border points in Benapole and Jashore near West Bengal, and Akhaura near Tripura, with the help of touts operating on both sides of the border,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said.
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The agency stated that eight of the accused were later involved in the trafficking of several other Bangladeshi nationals in a similar manner.
“A total of 22 such victims of the accused have been identified so far by the agency, which has further found that the victims were lured into India on false promises of jobs and a better livelihood,” the statement said.
It stated that the victims had paid touts along the border to cross into India and were directed to Bengaluru.
“Once they landed in the trafficker’s waste segregation godowns in the southern city, they were subjected to forced labour for meagre wages and were confined in various sheds built specially for the purpose. Those who protested were threatened by the traffickers of landing in prison on account of being illegal migrants,” NIA added.
NIA searches of the premises of the 12 chargesheeted men, as well as two absconding accused Mohammed Sahajlal Haldar and Idrish, resulted in the seizure of 61 Aadhar cards and other Indian identity documents obtained fraudulently, according to the report.
“Investigations to uncover the modus operandi for procuring Indian identity documents are continuing. The hunt for the absconding accused is also in progress.”
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