NO TRACE OF BANGABANDHU KLLERS IN INDIA : GOWAMI
India’s Home Secretary Anil Goswami says their intelligence has so far failed trace to two killers of Bangladesh’s founding father widely believed to be hiding in India.
After five army officers involved in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassination were hanged, seven others charged with the murder have been absconding in various countries.
Two of them, Risaldar Moslem Uddin and Abdul Majed are widely believed to be in hiding somewhere in India.
But Goswami told State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday in Dhaka that the Indian agencies had so far failed to hunt them down despite sustained efforts.
Goswami has been in Dhaka for a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart to review crucial security issues.
He told Kamal India had no objection to extradite Nur Hossain, prime accused in the sensational Narayanganj seven murders.
“Goswami has told us that Indian agencies have not yet found any trace of these Bangabandhu killers in India,” Kamal told reporters after his meeting with the Indian home secretary.
But Goswami promised Indian agencies would go after the killers if Bangladesh provided specifics of their whereabouts in India.
About Nur Hossain, Goswami is said to have told Kamal: “India has no problem sending back Nur Hossain. Efforts to extradite him can start any moment.”
Hossain has been booked for illegal trespass by Indian authorities after his arrest in Kolkata in June.
Kamal said India had not ‘officially’ sought the extradition of ULFA leader Anup Chetia who has been in Bangladesh prisons since his arrest in 1997.
Goswami said India was keen to implement the land boundary agreement with Bangladesh, for which a constitutional amendment is needed.
Kamal said Goswami had told him the proposed amendment will hopefully come up for discussion in the next session of the Indian parliament.
Goswami met Kamal in his office at the end of his meeting with Home Secretary Mozammel Haque Khan on Wednesday.
Goswami also met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali later in the day.
Kamal said ‘free and frank discussions’ had taken place between the two home secretaries and a proposal to organise a meeting of administrators of the border districts of the two countries had also been mooted.
The Indian home secretary offered training facilities in his country for Bangladesh border guards, coastguards and police.
He said India will take necessary initiative for training once Bangladesh chose the personnel to be sent.
On Thursday, Goswami will visit the Bangladesh Police Academy at Sardah in Rajshahi.
bdnews24.com’s Kolkata correspondent says Risaldar Moslem Uddin was last traced in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district. He had taken shelter in the house of one Abdul Jabbar, the local convenor of so-called Nazrul-Sarat Smriti Sangha in late 1999.
But he fled the house at Kapasdanga village and was later traced to one Medina Cloth Store in Kishanganj in Bihar.
With Indian police hot on his trail, Moslem Uddin is said to have fled to Nepal. He was sheltered by a Muslim MP in the kingdom who was known to be close to the Pakistan intelligence agency, ISI.
Since then, his trail in India has gone cold.
Abdul Majed was first traced in Chennai, apparently while seeking treatment.
But it seems he has also managed to give Indian police the slip.
SEPTEMBER 03, 2014