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Guwahati, 29 November (IANS) With eight more Rohingya Muslims arrested in Assam, 22 Myanmar women and children have been detained for allegedly entering India illegally, officials said on Saturday.

An Assam Police official said that eight Rohingyas suspected of being refugees who had fled their camps in southeast Bangladesh were taken into action on Friday from Mazarpar village in Hailakandi district in southern Assam.

Superintendent of Police of Hailakandi district, Pabindra Kumar Nath said that eight Rohingyas, including three children and a woman, were given shelter in the house of Yusuf Ali Majumdar, who fled from his home when the police arrived in the village. Mazumdar’s brother Islammuddin Mazumdar was caught by the police.

Rohingyas from refugee camps in Bangladesh often enter the northeastern states of India illegally in search of jobs or are implicated in human trafficking.

More than 738,000 Rohingya from Rakhine, western Myanmar, have arrived in camps in Cox’s Bazar since the start of the ethnic crisis on August 25, 2017 following a wave of violence and persecution, which the United Nations has termed as an ethnic cleansing effort.

SGK / SGK

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