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After Chetia extradition, India deports wanted criminal to B’desh

A day after ULFA leader Anup Chetia was sent back, India deported a wanted criminal to Bangladesh after delicate handling of the issue by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), sources told HT.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2015 00:23 IST
Assam Chief Minster Tarun Gogoi interacting with the media regarding the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) General secretary Anup Chetia's extradition, in Guwahati on Thursday.
Assam Chief Minster Tarun Gogoi interacting with the media regarding the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) General secretary Anup Chetia's extradition, in Guwahati on Thursday.(PTI)

A day after ULFA leader Anup Chetia was sent back, India deported a wanted criminal to Bangladesh after delicate handling of the issue by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), sources told HT.

“Nur Hossain was wanted in seven high-profile political murders in Bangladesh’s Narayanganj. The Bangladeshi elite anti-terrorism and anti-crime agency Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) was desperate to get him as the involvement of a few RAB men had come to light in the incident. Hossain was released from jail in West Bengal on Thursday and sent to the Indo-Bangladesh border, where a RAB chopper was ready to take him to Dhaka,” said a senior government official.

Sources told HT the RAB first approached an Indian security agency to get back Hossain but he was found to be living at an influential politician’s house in Kolkata.

“Hossain was picked up from his hideout but rather than being sent back to Bangladesh, he was handed over to the West Bengal police,” said the official. “As Bangladesh mounted pressure on India, Hossain, fearful of being sent back, refused to come out of prison even on bail. But the NIA facilitated his deportation after convincing Hossain to go back and the West Bengal police also dropped all charges against him,” added the official.

The seven massacre victims were first kidnapped by assailants from river port city of Narayanganj on April 27, 2014 and their nearly decomposed bodies were retrieved from the Shitalakya river five days later.

The incident had sparked a massive public outcry in Bangladesh as the families of the victims alleged several personnel of elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) were involved in the murders.

It had embarrassed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government because Hossain is a local Awami League leader and prompted it to immediately sack two army and navy officers.

Hossain and two other Bangladeshi nationals were arrested on June 15 in Kolkata for not having valid documents for entering India. All three are currently in police custody.

(with PTI inputs)