The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids across eight states and two Union Territories on Wednesday in connection with various human trafficking cases registered by it, according to persons familiar with the development.
Officials stated the raids are taking place in Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Haryana, Puducherry, Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir.
Last month, the federal agency arrested Mohammad Imran Khan of Tamil Nadu in connection with the illegal stay of a few Sri Lankan nationals in India. However, it is unknown whether Wednesday’s raids were related to this case.
According to the officials cited above, further information about the current raids will be revealed later.
The NIA has a specialized anti-human trafficking investigation team that looks at cases that have international ramifications.
Earlier, in 2022, it investigated the trafficking of Rohingyas and Bangladeshi Muslims into Indian territory and how they settled using fake documents.