Twenty-Six People in Assam Arrested for Carrying Fake Identity Papers

Police say they are probably citizens of Myanmar.

New Delhi: The police in Assam on Sunday said it has arrested 26 suspected Myanmar nationals, who were in possession of fake Indian documents from a lodge here.

Forged documents made in Mizoram such as Aadhaar and voter identity cards were recovered from their belongings, they said.

Based on specific information, a raid was conducted at a lodge in Rihabari area of the city and 26 people (including 10 women) were apprehended, a police officer said.

Upon interrogation, they disclosed that all of them are citizens of Chin state of Myanmar and were on their way to Delhi to study theology, he said. A case has been registered and investigation is underway, he added.

Police have registered a case at the Paltan bazar police station under the Indian Penal Code, Foreigners Act, 1946 and Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920, NDTV reported.

NDTV also quoted Aizawl officials as saying that around 11,500 Myanmar nationals have taken refuge across Mizoram since the military coup in the neighbouring country on February 1.

(With PTI inputs)