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Govt bid for extradition of Shambhu from Bangla


GUWAHATI, Dec 4 - After the extradition of ULFA leader Anup Chetia and two of his aides from Bangladesh, the State Government is now in touch with the Central Government to facilitate the release of Shambhu Mooshahary, who was caught under mysterious circumstances and later jailed by a local court in the neighboring country for 10 years.

The Assam Human Rights Commission, too, has taken up the case of Shambhu and has even written to the Home Department to take up the case with the Centre.

The State Government, it has been reliably learnt, is about to formally write to the Ministry of External Affairs about Shambhu and seek his extradition from Bangladesh through diplomatic channels.

The Assam Tribune had first reported on the whereabouts of Shambhu last year, after which various Government agencies and the AHRC have taken up the case.

Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Anowarul Haque, when contacted, told this reporter that he, too, has written to the Home Department about Shambhu along with the police verification report asking the Government to take up the matter with the Ministry of External Affairs.

Shambhu alias Shambhu Shah was recently transferred from the Kashimpur Jail, where he completed his jail sentence, to Sherpur Jail on April 19 this year after his jail term ended in February. He was convicted for illegally entering the country with sizeable amount of unaccounted cash.

The Kashimpur Jail complex is the same complex where Anup Chetia and his aides were lodged.

Shambhu, a resident of Burimakha village of Golaghat district, was missing since 2002-03 and it was in December 10 last year that the Red Cross International had delivered a letter (Red Cross Message) written by Shambhu to his family members. Shambhu, in his letter, had asked the family members to contact the External Affairs Ministry (Indian High Commission) to secure his extradition.

Shambhu�s family members said that they had moved various officials in this regard and are eagerly awaiting a positive response.

�We have limited resources. Hope the Government takes up the case to secure the release of my brother,� Anjali, younger sister of Shambhu, told this reporter.

A senior official in Dhaka (Bangladesh) had told The Assam Tribune that Shambhu was booked under Special Powers Act by the security agencies.

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