Eight Rohingya women who were arrested at the Vairengte police checkgate on the Assam-Mizoram border on Thursday were pushed back today, police sources said. The Rohingya women, aged between 18 to 22 years, were arrested for trying to enter Mizoram without valid documents.

Police sources said the women were travelling in a Silchar-Aizawl maxicab. A man who brought the women to the maxicab counter in Silchar had told the driver to take them to Aizawl where they would be received by someone at the Zemabawk petrol pump.
On interrogation, the women informed the police that they were lodged in the Kutupalong refugee camp at Sabulara, Bangladesh. On March 19, while they were going to the market, they were abducted by unidentified men and were transported to Silchar. After they stayed for a while in Silchar, during which all their clothes were changed, they were sent to Aizawl, they said.

After they were lodged in the Vairengte police station on Thursday, they were produced before a fast track court in the border town and were handed over to Muslim leaders at Bagha in Assam.

Thousands of Rohingyas have fled their homes in Myanmar to Bangladesh following ethnic clashes since 2015.

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