PM to secure Meghalaya foresters' release from B'desh
The assurance was given to Meghalaya CM, who took up the matter with Singh and Union Home minister Shivraj Patil during his Delhi stay.india Updated: Dec 20, 2005 22:17 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would personally intervene to secure the release of three Meghalaya foresters, now lodged in Bangladesh jail, official sources said on Tuesday.
The assurance was given to Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang, who took up the matter with Singh and Union Home minister Shivraj Patil during his present stay in Delhi, they said.
During his talks with Singh and Patil, Lapang stressed on the release of the foresters arrested by Bangladesh Rifles on December 1 after the Indians 'inadvertently' strayed into the neighbouring country's territory from Jaintia Hill district in Meghalaya.
The trio was now in judicial custody following a lower court order in Sylhet district.
The Chief Minister was informed of a meeting held among the secretaries of Union Home, External Affairs ministries and the Bangladesh High Commissioner on the issue.
Lapang's talks with the Prime Minister were the third attempt by the Chief Minister to secure the release of the three foresters.
He had spoken to Patil on December 7 and had written a letter to Singh six days later. State Chief Secretary PJ Bazeley was also in touch with senior officials in Delhi.
First Published: Dec 20, 2005 20:34 IST