Four suspects picked up by ATS involved in human trafficking

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Four suspects picked up by ATS involved in human trafficking

Thursday, 28 October 2021 | PNS | Lucknow

The four suspects picked by the sleuths of the Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) from the New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani train at Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (PDDU) Junction late Monday night turned out to Bangladeshi and Rohingiyas involved in human trafficking.


The ATS team which brought the arrested persons to Lucknow for further interrogation, on Wednesday disclosed their arrests.


Giving details of the case, the ATS through an official communiqué claimed that they were already working on Rohanigyas and Bangladeshi active in the country to push forward human trafficking. The release said that on the basis of some inputs, the ATS tracked down four suspects and picked them from the New Delhi-Sealdah Rajdhani train from PDDU Junction for further interrogation.


The ATS team recovered three Indian passports in the names on which they were travelling. Their immediate identity according to documents was Pintu Das, a resident of Kotwali Nadiya in West Bengal, Ronnie Pal, also a resident of the same place in WB, and Bapi Rai, hailing from Ishapur locality of Nadiya in WB. The fourth passenger was identified as Mithun Mandal, a resident of Bardhman in WB.


All the four were brought at ATS office here where after being grilled, they disclosed their real identities as Shaoan Ahmed aka Pintu, Mominur Islam aka Ronnie Pal and Mehndi Hassan aka Bapi Rai, all belonging to Jamalpur district of Bangladesh. The identity of Mithun Mandal turned out to be true and he was running the European Tours and Travels agency in Bardhaman in West Bengal.


During interrogation, Mithun claimed to be helping Bangladeshis and Rohingya by providing fake Indian Aadhaar cards and with its help, Indian passports. Later after taking money from them, he sent them overseas on jobs on the same fake Indian IDs.


Interestingly, the gang also provided `Hindu’ identities to Muslims to facilitate their easy travel and jobs in other countries.


Besides Mithun, the three others arrested by ATS reached India from Bangladesh on August 16 last and had managed to procure fake Indian passports.    


It may be mentioned that it was already published in `The Pioneer’ in its Wednesday morning edition that ATS picked up four suspects from PDDU junction on Monday night. The suspects were traveling on berth number 25, 26, 27 and 28 of B-1 coach of the train. The suspects had got e-ticket from New Delhi to Sealdah. The ATS officials, however, did not share any details of the development at the time of picking up the suspects.

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