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8 Rohingya girls rescued in Mizoram
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 AIZAWL, June 18 - Eight Rohingya minor girls, suspected to be victims of human trafficking, were rescued from a village near the Mizoram-Myanmar border in Champhai district on Monday, police said today.

Mizoram DIG (Northern Range) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte said the girls were rescued from Dungtlang village while being taken to Myanmar from Bangladesh via Mizoram.

The girls were produced before the chief judicial magistrate on Tuesday.

The police official did not rule out the involvement of human traffickers operating in the Sabulara area in Bangladesh where the Rohingya refugees were given shelter.

“Though they were travelling and entering Mizoram without valid documents, the court is not likely to send them to police custody. They will be either handed over to NGOs or women protective homes run by the Social Welfare Department,” he said.

Earlier on April 25, eight Rohingya women, who were trying to enter Mizoram without any documents, were apprehended by the State police at the Mizoram-Assam border Vairengte Police check-post.

They had claimed that they were from the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Sabulara and were abducted by some people on April 19 and brought them to Silchar in Assam.

The rescued Rohingya women have been kept in a Social Welfare Department-run protective home for women. A senior Home Department official said while the state government was ready to hand over the abducted girls to reputed NGOs in the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs advised against the move.

“Absence of extradition treaty between India and Myanmar made it impossible to hand over the trafficked girls to Myanmar even as the girls came from Rakhine State,” the official said, adding that the Myanmar Government would never accept Rohingya community members as citizens of the country.

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