GAUHATI, India – Indian police say they have arrested 18 Rohingya Muslims in a remote northeastern region as they prepared to board a train for New Delhi after entering illegally from Bangladesh.
Police say the 11 men, four women and three children came from Chittagong in Bangladesh and were arrested Thursday in Khowai district in India’s Tripura state.
Police officer Krishnendu Chakravertty said they were looking for jobs and going to New Delhi where other Rohingya live.
About 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape military-led violence against the minority group at home.
An estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in various parts of India. Less than 15,000 are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.