Mizoram police have arrested 12 suspected Rohingya refugees—eight women and four boys—for illegally entering the state from Bangladesh.
Police officials on Monday said the suspected Rohingyas entered Mizoram from Bangladesh sans valid travel documents.
They were arrested from a house in Bawngkawn area, a police official said. Police suspects that they were victims of human trafficking.
According to police the arrested people had some mobile phones without sim cards in their possession.
The arrested Rohingyas are yet to be identified and investigation is on to find out their identities.
According to reports, the 12 people were found in the residence of a woman who claimed that her cousin, who lives at Tahan in Myanmar, had asked her for a favour for keeping the “guests” before being taken to the neighbouring country.
Earlier in April, eight Rohingya women were detained at Vairengte along India-Myanmar border for trying to enter Mizoram illegally and were pushed back.
More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017 after a military crackdown, triggering a massive refugee crisis.