The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed charges against 12 Bangladeshi nationals involved in a human trafficking case, highlighting infiltration and trafficking through the porous India-Bangladesh border.
The accused, including Mohammed Ferdous Bapari, Muhammed Oli Ullah, and others, entered India illegally without valid travel documents and fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents.
The investigation reveals that the accused were trafficked through vulnerable border points at Benapole, Jashore near West Bengal, and Akhaura near Tripura, with the assistance of touts on both sides of the border.
Moreover, eight of them were found to be engaged in trafficking several other Bangladeshi nationals using a similar modus operandi.
The NIA has identified 22 victims who were promised jobs and better livelihoods but were subjected to forced labor in Bengaluru, receiving meager wages.
Upon entering the trafficker’s waste segregation godowns in Bengaluru, the victims were confined and threatened with arrest on charges of being illegal immigrants if they protested.
NIA searches at the premises of the accused led to the seizure of 61 Aadhaar cards and other fraudulently obtained Indian identity documents.
Investigations are ongoing to unravel the modus operandi of acquiring these documents, and efforts to locate the absconding accused are in progress.