SILCHAR, Dec 5 - Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Viswanathan today said that an album containing photographs of Bangladeshi nationals, who were declared
foreigners by the Tribunal courts and sent to the detention camp in Cachar district, and who had completed their terms as sentenced by the Tribunals, has
been handed over to the Bangladesh administration, and that positive steps can be anticipated regarding the repatriation of these Bangladeshi nationals.
Speaking to media persons after coming back from the Indo-Bangla DC-level conference held at Srimangal, Bangladesh on November 29, Viswanathan said that the
repatriation issue of Bangladeshi nationals was a major agenda in the meeting, and that the delegates from both nations discussed the issue at length.
�Photographs and other documents of all the 35 Bangladeshi nationals, who are still in the detention camp here, have been handed over to Nassir Uddin Ahmed,
Commanding Officer of 46 BGB of Srimangal. The Bangladeshi authorities informed the Indian delegates that the addresses of the prisoners could not be traced,
but they are examining the case for further evidence. Both countries have positively reacted on the issue and we are hopeful that the repatriation process
will be easy,� Viswanathan told reporters.
It was informed to the Indian delegation in the meeting that two Indians are inn Bangladesh jails even after the completion of their terms. Responding to
this, Karimganj SP PR Kar said that the State Home Department has already been informed about the issue, and that the Ministry of External Affairs,
Government of India, would give a �no-objection� message to receive the Indians to its Bangladeshi counterpart.
Elaborating on other issues discussed during the meeting, the DC said discussions were held regarding train services from Mahishasan of Karimganj district to
Shahbajapur of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi officials informed the Indian delegates that the Government of Bangladesh has already sanctioned a project for the
construction of a railway track from Kulaura to Shahbajapur, which can be extended to Karimganj. There were unanimous decisions regarding the opening of
border haats on both sides of the international border. Other issues like smuggling of drugs and arms, fake Indian currency notes, illegal migration, border
security, cattle smuggling and environmental issues were also discussed in the meeting.
Karimganj DC Sanjib Kumar Gohain, Cachar SP Rajveer Singh, Sanjiv Joshi, Commandant, 53 Bn BSF, MK Das, DDC, AR Sheikh, Cachar ADC and Prabir Das Choudhury,
PS to Karimganj DC, were among the members in the Indian delegation.