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Rohingya arrest; Tripura police flout UN Convention


Agartala, November 30, 2017: Flouting United Nations convention and declaration Tripura police have arrested two Rohingya refugee families comprising eight members including three children after they arrived at Khayerpur, near here, on Wednesday. The families were residing at Jammu for past seven years after they escaped sectarian violence in Myanmar and recently moved out of the region to reach Tripura which has a huge boundary with Bangladesh on its three sides.

“They were registered with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) and found carrying valid photo identity cards issued by it. We are waiting for instruction from the top to carry out our course of action”, a police officer said.

Early last month a detained Rohingya family was sent to a government shelter in Agartala. Ruling CPI(M) has been demanding that India should grant refugee status to displaced Rohingyas.

Two families carrying weighty luggage first reached Guwahati and then boarded a passenger bus to reach Agartala. They however mistakenly got off at Khayerpur where plainclothes policemen detected them and escorted them to local police post.