Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 12:06 IST
Surat police bust Bangladeshi human trafficking ring, 10 arrested fake documents seized
Surat Police dismantled a Bangladeshi trafficking network, arrested 10 individuals, and exposed illegal activities involving forged documents.
Surat: Police have successfully dismantled a human trafficking network, apprehending ten individuals, including nine Bangladeshi citizens, for their involvement in illegal activities within India, as per an ANI report. The operation conducted by Surat Police's Special Operation Group (SOG) and Prevention of Crime Branch (PCB) led to the exposure and arrest of individuals operating a Bangladeshi network dedicated to human trafficking.
Commissioner Ajay Kumar Tomar, addressing the media in a press conference, disclosed that the captured Bangladeshi nationals had entered India unlawfully. He revealed, "They used to bring in other people from Bangladesh and create fake documents for them here to establish them as Indian citizens." The accused lured men and women from Bangladesh under the guise of promising lucrative job opportunities and better earnings in India.
Shockingly, the accused exploited the women by coercing them into engaging in spa and prostitution businesses upon their arrival in India. Tomar elaborated on the evidence seized, stating, “The documents found with them include Aadhaar cards, PAN cards, election cards, driving licences, etc., which were created through a Photoshop application by a person living in Vadodara whose name is Akash Sanjaybhai Mankar."
The apprehended individuals consist of nine Bangladeshi nationals, comprising six men and three women, along with an Indian national identified as Akash Sanjaybhai Mankar, reports added. The Commissioner highlighted that seven separate cases have been registered against the accused across various police stations.
Seized items from the operation encompassed counterfeit documents, mobile phones, Bangladeshi currency, laminated copies of original Bangladeshi IDs, and driving licences. Additionally, it was discovered that the accused utilised forged documents to secure a loan, enabling the purchase of a car and two two-wheelers.
The investigation continues as the SOG and PCB teams collaborate to delve deeper into the matter and initiate further actions against the perpetrators. Tomar emphasised, “With the help of fake documents, the accused have also taken out a loan, with the help of which they bought a car and two two-wheelers.”
Further , reports state that the authorities are investigating this exploitation of illegal immigrants and the utilisation of counterfeit documents for criminal activities.
Published January 2nd, 2024 at 09:44 IST