Indian investigators find devices used to 'forge documents' for Bangladeshi human traffickers
India's counterterrorism group National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it has carried out searches in Bengaluru at the premises linked to a suspect who is involved in making fake identity documents for Bangladeshi human traffickers.
The raids were conducted on Saturday at two locations in connection with the human trafficking case involving Bangladeshi nationals.
"During the searches, various documents, six digital devices including hard disks and mobile phones used for making the forged documents were seized," NIA said in a statement.
The case was registered in June at the Ramamurthy Nagar police station in Bengaluru against 13 accused. A subsequent raid conducted by the Karnataka state police at a rented house rescued seven Bangladeshi women and a child.
All the rescued were previously trafficked from Bangladesh to India under the pretext of providing them with jobs. However, they were forced into prostitution instead.
The NIA re-registered the case under sections of the IPC, the Foreigners Act, and the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
Further investigation in the case is underway, the official said.