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Tripura court directs to hand over 7 Rohingya minors to UNHC

Tripura court directs to hand over 7 Rohingya minors to UNHC

Agartala, Dec 8 (UNI) A session court of North Tripura directed the Child Welfare Committee of the district to hand over seven minors of Myanmar to United Nations High Commission (UNHC) in Delhi who were detained for illegally entering Tripura in February this year.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawans had detained the minor Rohingya migrants from Kolkata bound Kanchenjunga Express on their way to Badarpur of South Assam at Dharmanagar Railway

Station in North Tripura.

They had been escorted by an Indian citizen from Agartala who was managed to escape from the spot deserting the minors when RPF jawans raided them at the station. They were trapped in the human trafficking network.

The children had been snaked into Indian Territory from neighbouring Bangladesh through the western border at Sonamura with the help of some local people. One of them was escorting them to Badarpur by train but the children were unaware of their destination and where about their local contact person.

Police had later produced them at Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) during the hearing they were sent to observation home with all facilities for the last nine months. Meantime, railway police filed a charge against the seven minors under the Passport Act.

Recently, JJB passed the judgment slapping punishment of jail for nine months, which they have already served during the trial. The JJB ordered to send them back to their country but they were not ready to go back. Accordingly, they appealed at the session court against the verdict of JJB.

Hearing the petition, the court ordered CWC, North to handover them to UNHC.

At the time of detention, police had recovered some Bangladeshi currency, medicines and phone numbers from their possession. More than a hundred of Rohingyas were arrested in Tripura so far in this year and among them were 31 migrants who were stranded between the international borders of India and Bangladesh for four days before the Indian authorities arrested them and handed them over to police.


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