The National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out a nationwide crackdown on Wednesday to apprehend individuals involved in human trafficking. During the operation, Rohingya refugees were detained in Bathinda, a city in the northern Indian state of Punjab. A spokesperson for the NIA stated that the raids were connected to human trafficking cases being investigated in eight states and two union territories.
The NIA conducted search operations in Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Haryana, Rajasthan, as well as the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Puducherry. In Jammu, an official confirmed that a Rohingya citizen of Myanmar was taken into custody during the raids.
Jafar Alam, a key figure in these raids, was apprehended at around 2 a.m. from his temporary residence in Bathinda, Jammu. Another suspect remains at large. The searches are related to violations of the Passport Act and cases of human trafficking. This coordinated action by the NIA underscores the government's commitment to combat human trafficking and related crimes across various regions in India. The investigations are ongoing, and the authorities are determined to bring those involved in these activities to justice.