Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday that Rohingyas have been using the state along with its neigbour Tripura as transit routes to enter India and travel to the mainland. He made the statement while talking about a drop in crime cases in Assam.
“Our local Muslim population also goes out of Assam to earn bread. We are a fully saturated state as far as foreigners are concerned. Whatever cases we have detected, the touts have put Assam and Tripura as transit routes,” Sarma said at a press briefing.
The Assam Chief Minister further revealed that the matter received national attention as well, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah referring the same to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). “Mostly you will see Rohingyas in other parts of India. During my Chhattisgarh visit also, people complained about the Rohingya issue,” Himanta Biswa Sharma added.
Assam Police said that the preferred destination of the Rohingyas via Assam is Delhi, Jammu, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kerala.
“We are checking the buses and trains…. After the Assam Chief Minister started monitoring, we have ramped up our operations,” Assam DIG, Special Task force, Partha Sarthi Mahanta said.
Assam Police have detected 137 Rohingyas and 304 Bangladesh nationals entering the northeastern state illegally. The matter initially came to light when the Karimganj District Police intercepted a group of Rohingyas heading to Delhi by train.
The state police said that the Indo-Bangladesh Border in Tripura and West Bengal are the entry points for the Rohingyas and Bangladesh citizens facilitated by a network of touts in Bangladesh and India. The Special Task Force has managed to apprehend and seize touts with fake documents.
Crimes in Assam
Meanwhile, Assam has recorded the second-lowest conviction rate (4.8 per cent) in cases of crimes against women, while recording the fourth-lowest rate in cases of cybercrimes and sixth-lowest rate in cases of crimes against children, according the recently released National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report for 2022.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the new data is a “turn around” moment for peace, law and order.
“I am sure by 2023 when (the) NCRB data will be released, our position will improve. When you stop crime cases and establish a declining trend, we have seen a turnaround. This is the first time we have seen a turnaround, probably the first after 1979,” the Assam Chief Minister said.
There were 1,04,150 cases of crimes against women in the trial stage before different courts last year, of which 12,108 were freshly sent for trial and 92,042 were pending from 2021. The NCRB report showed that a total of 3,473 cases were disposed of without trial whereas 548 accused were convicted in 512 cases, 49 were discharged in 34 cases and 11,352 accused were acquitted in 10,056 cases.
On the other hand, there were over 19,000 cases of crimes against children, which were in the trial stage before different courts in 2022. Of these, more than 3,300 were freshly sent for trial last year and over 15,000 were pending in the trial stage from 2021.
A total of 278 accused were convicted in 268 cases of crimes against children, while 20 were discharged in 20 cases and 2,006 persons were acquitted in 1,954 cases. The conviction rate was recorded at 12 per cent only.