Bangladesh brings back Nur Hossain

Nur-Hossain_Daily_Dhaka_TimesDaily Dhaka Times: A day after Ulfa leader Anup Chetia was handed over to the Indian government, Nur Hossain, the prime accused of Narayanganj seven-murder case, has been brought back from India.

A heavily-guarded Nur Hossain was brought across the border in a microbus around 11:30pm, while the vehicle soon left for Narayanganj, our Jessore correspondent reports.

It is the first time India sent a Bangladeshi national on trial after an extradition treaty was signed between the two countries in 2013.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Aziz Ahmed told that Major Liakat Ali was present during the handover just after 11:30pm.

Jessore Superintendent of Police Anisur Rahman, Benapole UNO Abdus Salam, Benapole Port Police Station OC Apurba Hasan, and Immigration OC Tarikul Islam were present at the Bangladesh side.

Several other vehicles were also seen at Petrapole Land Port on the Indian side.

They returned at around 11:35pm, but the people in the vehicle could not be seen clearly from outside.

BSF official SK Shukla called and spoke to Hasan and UNO Salam at around 9:30pm.

The reciprocal gesture came a day after Dhaka deported ULFA leader Anup Chetia to Delhi.

Hossain fled to India after last year’s murders but was eventually arrested in West Bengal and charged with trespass and illegal possession of arms.

An Indian court last month withdrew charges against him to facilitate his deportation.

Seven men, including former Narayanganj City councillor Nazrul Islam, were abducted on Apr 27 last year. Their bodies were found in the Shitalakkhya River several days later.

Police pressed charges in court against 35 people, including Hossain and three former RAB officers, on Apr 8.

The reciprocal gesture comes a day after Dhaka handed over to New Delhi ULFA leader Anup Chetia.

Indian officials, seeking anonymity, confirmed of Hossain’s release on Thursday afternoon.

One of them said BSF officials were taking him to the Benapole border.

A police team, headed by seven-murder case’s investigation officer, was at Benapole on “orders from the government high-up”, Narayanganj SP Khandker Mohid Uddin told on Thursday night.

Hossain fled to India after the murder of seven people last year. West Bengal police arrested and charged him with trespass and unauthorised possession of arms.

The Interpol later issued a red corner notice against him.

Last month, a West Bengal court withdrew charges against him to facilitate his deportation.

The government says he will be put on trial for murders that caused widespread public anger.

Seven men, including former Narayanganj City councillor Nazrul Islam, were abducted on Apr 27, 2014. Their bodies were found in the Shitalakkhya River several days later.

Nazrul’s father-in-law Shahidul Islam had claimed former Awami League leader Hossain bribed RAB Tk 60 million to carry out the crimes.

An internal investigation by the elite police unit implicated its former officials in the incident.

Police pressed charges in court against 35 people, including Hossain and three former RAB officers, on Apr 8.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday said they would receive Hossain at the border “just the way we left Anup Chetia there”.

Narayanganj SP Mohid Uddin, when asked, said, “We cannot confirm the deportation until getting custody of Nur Hossain.”

He said Hossain has arrest warrants against him in 13 cases and was sentenced to one year in jail under the Wildlife Preservation Act.


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