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Fate of detenues lodged in B�desh uncertain

By SANJOY RAY
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GUWAHATI, May 28 - Although India has managed to secure extradition of top ULFA leader Anup Chetia from Bangladesh, uncertainty continues to loom over the fate of at least three other detenues from Assam. Of the three, two had already completed their prison terms.

The detenues include two ULFA members who are currently lodged in different jails of Bangladesh.

While Pradeep Roy, a self-styled second lieutenant of the ULFA, was arrested by Bangladeshi security agencies on July 17, 2010, another ULFA cadre, Laden Rabha alias Siddheswar Rabha, was nabbed in 2004.

Roy, according to a source, hails from Gauripur in Dhubri district and is serving life imprisonment in Kishoreganj Jail.

Laden, who hails from Goalpara, on the contrary, had completed his term of imprisonment in Bangladesh, but he is still lodged in Sherpur Jail.

The third detenue is Shamboo Mooshahary of Golaghat, who also continues to stay in captivity even after completing his sentence in February, 2015 in Bangladesh�s Kashimpur Jail 2. He is now believed to be in Sherpur Jail.

Although Shambhu had no criminal antecedents in India, he was caught in Bangladesh for illegally entering the country.

His family members had even moved the State Government but to no avail. The Assam State Human Rights Commission and the State Home Department, too, had reportedly stepped in. But no breakthrough has reportedly been made till date.

It was through a Red Cross International initiative that the family members of Shambhu were informed about his whereabouts. He had already undergone 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and has been awaiting extradition for the last two years.

Many believe that as the persons in question are politically not very important, their deportation may take longer than expected.

Records in the Ministry of External Affairs state that as on May 23, 2016, as many as 60 fugitives have been extradited by foreign governments to India (since 2002).

Chetia was the first person to be extradited (deported) from Bangladesh (58th overall) after the Extradition Treaty between the countries came into effect. He was also accompanied by two of his prison mates.

Criminal lawyer Bijon Kumar Mahajan, who is also the counsel for Anup Chetia, said when contacted that these ULFA cadres should get equal treatment like other extremist leaders of the North East region, who were either deported or pushed back at different times.

Extraditing Rabha to India should be easier than extraditing Roy as the latter is serving life imprisonment in accordance with the penal law of Bangladesh.

�Because of the newly signed Extradition Treaty, even Roy can also be extradited to India to serve the remaining part of the sentence in Indian jail. International human rights body like Amnesty International has much to do in this regard,� Mahajan opined.

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Fate of detenues lodged in B�desh uncertain

GUWAHATI, May 28 - Although India has managed to secure extradition of top ULFA leader Anup Chetia from Bangladesh, uncertainty continues to loom over the fate of at least three other detenues from Assam. Of the three, two had already completed their prison terms.

The detenues include two ULFA members who are currently lodged in different jails of Bangladesh.

While Pradeep Roy, a self-styled second lieutenant of the ULFA, was arrested by Bangladeshi security agencies on July 17, 2010, another ULFA cadre, Laden Rabha alias Siddheswar Rabha, was nabbed in 2004.

Roy, according to a source, hails from Gauripur in Dhubri district and is serving life imprisonment in Kishoreganj Jail.

Laden, who hails from Goalpara, on the contrary, had completed his term of imprisonment in Bangladesh, but he is still lodged in Sherpur Jail.

The third detenue is Shamboo Mooshahary of Golaghat, who also continues to stay in captivity even after completing his sentence in February, 2015 in Bangladesh�s Kashimpur Jail 2. He is now believed to be in Sherpur Jail.

Although Shambhu had no criminal antecedents in India, he was caught in Bangladesh for illegally entering the country.

His family members had even moved the State Government but to no avail. The Assam State Human Rights Commission and the State Home Department, too, had reportedly stepped in. But no breakthrough has reportedly been made till date.

It was through a Red Cross International initiative that the family members of Shambhu were informed about his whereabouts. He had already undergone 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and has been awaiting extradition for the last two years.

Many believe that as the persons in question are politically not very important, their deportation may take longer than expected.

Records in the Ministry of External Affairs state that as on May 23, 2016, as many as 60 fugitives have been extradited by foreign governments to India (since 2002).

Chetia was the first person to be extradited (deported) from Bangladesh (58th overall) after the Extradition Treaty between the countries came into effect. He was also accompanied by two of his prison mates.

Criminal lawyer Bijon Kumar Mahajan, who is also the counsel for Anup Chetia, said when contacted that these ULFA cadres should get equal treatment like other extremist leaders of the North East region, who were either deported or pushed back at different times.

Extraditing Rabha to India should be easier than extraditing Roy as the latter is serving life imprisonment in accordance with the penal law of Bangladesh.

�Because of the newly signed Extradition Treaty, even Roy can also be extradited to India to serve the remaining part of the sentence in Indian jail. International human rights body like Amnesty International has much to do in this regard,� Mahajan opined.

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