Tagore Nobel medal thief not in Bangladesh, says Dhaka

May 6th, 2008 - 1:15 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, May 6 (IANS) Separatist leader from India’s northeast Jibon Singh, who is also wanted in connection with the theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize medal, is not in Bangladesh, intelligence agencies here have said. Sleuths in Bangladesh will, however, continue the search for Jibon Singh as part of the India-Bangladesh understanding on capturing and handing over criminals of one country crossing over to the other.

West Bengal Police had offered to exchange Jibon Singh for Bangladeshi criminals captured in India, The Daily Star said Tuesday.

Officials of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and CID said they have been hunting Jibon Singh, a leader of the insurgent group Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), since West Bengal CID sent letters to Bangladesh CID last December for his arrest and deportation.

RAB and CID claimed they searched for Jibon Singh after receiving the letters but could not find him.

The CID arrested Jibon Singh’s aide Mohammad Hossain Shiplu, son of Abul Hossain, a handicraft businessman who made frequent business trips to Kolkata.

A raid on Hossain’s shop and his interrogation did not yield any clue about either the medal or Jibon Singh.

The medal, given along with the Nobel Prize for literature to Tagore, was stolen from a safe in Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan in India’s West Bengal.

RAB Additional Director General (ADG) Col Gulzar Uddin Ahmed Monday told the newspaper: “We have checked out all the links given by Shiplu about Jibon Singh. We could not find him.”

“We have no information about his presence in the country,” the official said, adding that the search will continue.

An official of the CID was quoted as saying: “The Indian CID at least six months ago provided CID with all the documents of the cases filed against Jibon Singh. We also sent them to police stations across the country through the Police Headquarters.”

The CID official said Jibon Singh is accused in at least seven cases of murder, detonating explosives, illegal arms and subversive activities.

“Jibon Singh is a big fish compared to Bangladeshi criminals arrested in India,” the CID official said.

“Since there is no extradition treaty between the two countries, West Bengal CID deported eight Bangladeshi criminals on the basis of our friendly relationship,” the CID official said.

According to Bangladeshi official sources, at least 350 to 400 Bangladeshi criminals are hiding in India while a number of Indian criminals are in Bangladesh.

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