Bangladesh lauds India’s gesture of deporting three criminals

November 14th, 2007 - 1:52 am ICT by admin  
“It is a goodwill gesture. We requested senior officials of the department in India to arrest and hand over the criminals, and they responded very positively,” Additional Inspector-General of the Criminal Investigation Department, Fani Bhushan Chowdhury, said on Monday.

The Indian authorities on Sunday deported three notorious Bangladeshi criminals Naimul Hasan alias Habibur Rahman Taj, Mohammad Sohel alias Ibrahim and Lambu Selim, a CID official said.

These three were arrested by West Bengal Police few months ago for their illegal stay in India. On completion of their prison term, the alleged criminals were deported to Bangladesh.

“It was possible only because of the co-operation from the West Bengal criminal investigation department,” one official told ANI.

Bangladesh authorities also requested their Indian counterparts to pass on information about five more criminals who are now behind bars in West Bengal jails before deporting them.

For years, India and Bangladesh have accused each other of giving refuge to criminals and for using each other’s territories for criminal and insurgent activity. India claims that there are192 Indian insurgent camps inside Bangladesh, while Bangladesh has countered this charge by saying that there are as many as 23 wanted Bangladeshi felons living in India.

Prokash Kumar Biswas, Molla Masud, Trimoti Subrata Bain, Kamrul Hasan Hannan, Khandakar Tanvirul Islam Joy, Haris Ahmed alias Haris, Imam Hossain, Jabbar Munna, Aga Shamim, and Zafar Ahmed Manik are said to be hiding in West Bengal.

Diplomats from both sides have tried to iron out problems, as there is no extradition treaty between Dhaka and New Delhi.

Bangladesh has detained Anup Chetia, the second in command of the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom, since 1997. He is yet to be handed over to the Indian authorities. By Nazrul Islam (ANI)

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