NIA raids in JK, 9 other states in human trafficking cases; 44 detained

National Investigation Agency (NIA) conduct searches in Srinagar, Kashmir. [FPK File Photo / Umar Farooq]

Srinagar: National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided ten states/UTs including Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the human trafficking modules and detained 44 persons in four cases while as five modules were also busted in five states.

In a statement, the NIA spokesperson said that NIA in close coordination with the Border Security Force (BSF) and State Police forces, conducted a comprehensive operation across multiple states in India on November 8.

“The operation aimed at dismantling illegal human trafficking support networks involved in infiltration and settlement of illegal migrants across the Indo-Bangladesh border into India,” the statement said, adding that following the registration of four human trafficking cases at the NIA branches in Guwahati, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, simultaneous and synchronised raids and searches were carried out at a total of 55 locations across the states and union territories that include: Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Haryana, Rajasthan, Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Pondicherry.”

The statement further state that the initial case, FIR no: 12/2023 dated 9.9.2023, was registered by the Assam Police’s Special Task Force (STF) and pertained to a human trafficking network responsible for the infiltration and settlement of illegal migrants across the Indo-Bangladesh border into India, including those of Rohingya origin.

“The operations of this network extended into various parts of the country, including regions along the Indo-Bangladesh international border. Recognising the international and inter-State linkages of the case and its complexity, the NIA formally took charge of the investigations on 06.10.2023 by registering a case as RC 01/2023/NIA/GUW at the NIA Police Station in Guwahati,” the statement said.

It added, “NIA investigations in the case revealed that different modules of this illegal human trafficking network were spread over various States, including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir and operating from there. In response to these investigational findings, the NIA registered three new cases to bust the modules of this extensive network based in different regions and States of the country.”

The NIA statement further said that the coordinated raids were executed in the early morning hours of 8,11,2023 as part of the ongoing operation.

“During the searches, the NIA recovered various items of significance, including: digital devices, such as mobile phones, SIM cards, and pen drives. A significant number of identity-related documents, including Aadhar cards and Pan Cards, suspected to be forged. Indian currency notes with a total value exceeding Rs 20 lakh. Foreign currency amounting to 4550 USD. Subsequent to today’s Operations, a total of 44 operatives have been apprehended and arrested by the NIA, the statement said.

It said that these arrests were made across various states that include 21 in Tripur, 10 in Karnataka, 05 in Assam, 03 in West Bengal, 02 in Tamil Nadu, 01 in Puducherry, 01 in Telangana and 01 in Haryana.

“The arrested accused individuals will be presented before the respective jurisdictional courts. Further investigations into the activities and modus operandi of these illegal human trafficking networks would continue to dismantle the entire ecosystem of these networks,” the NIA statement said.

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