‘297 Bangladeshi prisoners deported since May’

The details of the remaining 16,the report said,have been sent to the Bangladesh government for verification,and the Centre is currently waiting for the dispute over the identity of these prisoners to get resolved.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 20, 2013 4:11 am

Out of the total 313 Bangladeshi nationals languishing in jails across the state even after the expiry of their conviction period,297 of them have been safely deported to the neighbouring country since May,a report filed by the Central government in the Calcutta High Court has revealed.

The details of the remaining 16,the report said,have been sent to the Bangladesh government for verification,and the Centre is currently waiting for the dispute over the identity of these prisoners to get resolved.

The division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi today directed the Centre and the state government to deport the remaining Bangladeshi nationals to their country within three months.

The Central government’s counsel,advocate Uttam Mazumdar said soon after the Bangladesh government gives its nod to accept these prisoners,the deportation will be carried out.

Earlier,three PILs were filed in January this year,stating that Bangladeshi nationals lodged in jails across the state have completed their conviction period,and their imprisonment any further is illegal. The Centre’s report in May pointed out 313 such prisoners,following which the HC passed directive for their immediate deportation.

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