Rohingya teen trying to get passport on fake documents held

NEWS DESK

A 16-year-old Rohingya girl was arrested while she was trying to get a Bangladeshi passport using a fake identity from the Manikganj regional passport office, police said.

The Myanmar national was identified as Humayra.

Abu Taher, 22, from Chakoria upazila of Cox’s Bazar, who was aiding Humayra in getting her fake passport, was also arrested.

They went to the passport office to apply for a passport for Humayra under the name of Bangladesh national Tasnim Begum from Singair upazila. Humayra and Taher provided all the necessary documents, including a birth certificate.

The staff of the passport office got suspicious about them after Humayra’s fingerprint showed that she was registered as a Rohingya national, said Nahid Newaz, assistant director of the passport office.

Abdur Rauf Sarkar, officer-in-charge of Manikganj Sadar Police Station, said: “Two Rohingyas were handed over to us by the passport office. We arrested Humayra and Taher after the office lodged a complaint against them.”

“During questioning, Humayra said, with the help of Taher, she made a deal of Tk 1 lakh with someone called Ershad from Singair upazila to help her procure the documents required for making a Bangladeshi passport,” Rauf added.

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