7 Rohingyas, 4 mediators arrested at Dhaka airportStaff Correspondent
Authorities arrested seven Rohingyas, including children, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early on Saturday before they were scheduled to leave Dhaka for different foreign destinations with forged hand written and illegal machine readable passports allegedly stolen recently from Agargaon Passport office.
Airport Armed Police assistant superintendent, Ehteshamul Haque, said that they also arrested four ‘manpower businessmen’, Abdul Gani and Srabon of Fakirapul and Mahmud Iqbal and Mahfuj of Bandarban for helping the Rohingas to possess the passports.
The AAP officials said that having received information, they apprehended the Rohingas at different times at the airport.
Mohammad Bashar, 18, Mohammad Selim, 18 and Azizul Haque, 19, were arrested at about 1:45am when they were scheduled to fly on a Cambodia-bound Bangkok Airlines flight at 3:15am. From Cambodia, they were supposed to migrate to Malaysia, officials quoting those arrested said.
The manpower businessmen took Tk 2.5 to 3 lakh from them to migrate to the destinations, the officials said.
Meanwhile, four other Rohingas, Emrana Khatun, 8, Mohammad Jaber, 15, Ayesha Khatun, 30, and Ruksana Khatun, 10, were arrested at the concourse of the airport at about 4:30 when they tried to leave Dhaka for Saudi Arabia, apparently to perform pilgrimage.
The four were carrying forged MRPs.
In primary interrogation, Mahmud Iqbal and Mahfuj confessed to the AAP officials that they had arranged the forged passport from someone named Kamal, at Islam Tower in the capital’s Naya Paltan.
The MRPs were incorporated with false information, they said.
Ehteshamul Haque said they suspected that the passports were stolen from the Passport Office recently.
The department of passport and immigrations official said that 2,280 MRP booklets from the Agargaon office had gone missing.
‘We have given the numbers of the stolen passports to Special Branch. They will take necessary steps in this regard,’ said Brigadier General Md Refayet Ullah, director of the machine readable passport and visa project.
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