UPATS arrests lynchpin of illegal immigrant ring from Vellore

'Kafeeluddin Was Financier Of The Nexus That Helped Rohingyas, B'deshis Settle Here'

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (UPATS) arrested Kafeeluddin (47), a wanted accused allegedly involved in an illegal infiltration and human trafficking syndicate, from Vellore in Tamil Nadu on Friday. UP DGP Prashant Kumar said his arrest is a major shot in the state police force’s arm and efforts are on to secure his transit remand and bring him to UP.

The arrest comes following intensive efforts by law enforcement agencies to dismantle networks facilitating illegal immigration and anti-national activities.

Inspector general of police, ATS, Nilabja Chaudhary, said that Kafeeluddin, son of Ridwanul Kabir, had been residing in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, since 2017. It is during his tenure in Vellore that he became associated with Sheikh Najibul Haq, one of the previously arrested suspects in the human trafficking case.

The IG said that the probe revealed that Kafeeluddin was instrumental in providing financial backing to Bangladeshi and Rohingya nationals residing illegally in India, using funds provided by Haq. Additionally, Kafeeluddin was involved in the forgery of passports and other essential Indian documents for these individuals.

“The arrest of Kafeeluddin marks a significant milestone in the ongoing crackdown against illicit immigration networks. We are now pursuing legal procedures to secure his transit remand for further interrogation and legal proceedings,” said UP DGP Prashant Kumar.

Kumar said that Kafeeluddin’s original address traces back to Chittagong, Bangladesh.

ATS had first busted the syndicate in November 2023. So far, it has arrested Adilur Rehman, Abu Hurera Gazi, Sheikh Nazibullah, Tanya Mandal, Ibrahim Khan, Abu Saleh, Abdul Awwal.  The ATS said that the arrested gang members were helping illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar – in exchange of huge sums of money – to enter India on the pretext of providing them better jobs.

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