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Man wanted in Dhaka to be handed over in ‘Chetia swap’

Police sources described Nur Hossain as a former local body representative of the ruling Awami League in Narayangunj, where he was alleged to have played a key role in seven murders, including that of a leader of his own party.

Written by Subrata Nagchoudhury , Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhikolkata | Published: November 13, 2015 12:30 am
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In what is being described as a swap deal for Wednesday’s handover of ULFA leader Anup Chetia, a local Awami League leader facing murder charges in Bangladesh was released from a jail in Kolkata on Thursday and is set to be repatriated to Dhaka.

Police sources described Nur Hossain as a former local body representative of the ruling Awami League in Narayangunj, where he was alleged to have played a key role in seven murders, including that of a leader of his own party, with the help of a section of Bangladesh police. Hossain was arrested in Kolkata in June 2014 on charges of trespassing and illegal entry.

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Sources said Hossain was initially prosecuted under the Foreigners Act for illegal trespass before Bangladesh came to know of his arrest and sought his repatriation for the alleged killings. When External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Dhaka last year, Bangladesh had pressed for Hossain’s repatriation and promised to facilitate Chetia’s deportation in return.

“Early this year, the home ministry secured consent of the West Bengal government to drop charges against Hossain and send him back to Bangladesh. The file has been cleared by the home ministry and the state has dropped the charges in court,” said a home ministry official.

Last month, the chief judicial magistrate’s court of Barasat in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal cleared the way for Hossain’s repatriation after withdrawing the case of trespass against him.

Meanwhile, the CBI Thursday was granted six-day transit custody of Chetia by a local court in the case related to the murder of former Golaghat councillor Deboksi Dhar Chaudhury in 1986. In a brief statement, the CBI said Chetia, whose real name is Golap Baruah, was placed under arrest in connection with the murder case.

Bangladesh media quoted the country’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal as saying that the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) handed over Chetia along with two others to India’s Border Security Force as their jail terms ended and Chetia himself withdrew his petition seeking political asylum.
“I am going back willingly and consciously and in good health,” the minister quoted Chetia as saying.

His repatriation to India is likely to give a boost to the pro-talks faction of ULFA led by Arabinda Rajkhowa, and put pressure on the anti-talks faction led by Paresh Barua.

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