An Awami League councillor from Narayangunj city in Bangladesh and an accused in the murder of seven people, Nur Hossain, is going to be the first person to be extradited from India to Bangladesh following the signing of an extradition treaty between the two countries on January 28, 2013.
At the Home Secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and India held in Dhaka on September 4, a decision was taken to swap Hossain with Anup Chetia, leader of Assam’s separatist outfit ULFA, who has been in a jail in Bangladesh for the past 17 years and has now expressed willingness to come back to India.
Nicknamed Chairman, Hossain is accused of murdering seven people in Narayanganj, including one councillor from his own party, Nazrul Islam. He is currently housed in Dum Dum Central Jail.
The timing of his extradition depends on court orders as the Kolkata police has filed a chargesheet against him and two others arrested along with him on charges of entering India without valid documents. “Legal proceedings will start soon,” said Rajiv Kumar, the commissioner of Bidhan Nagar Police, which arrested the three from a housing complex near Dum Dum airport on June 14. They had allegedly been staying there for a month.
Jail officials said since Hossain and the two others, Suman Khan and Obaidur Rehman, had already spent 80 days in prison, they could be released soon. “People entering India illegally are generally awarded 60-70 days in jail,” a senior prisons official said.
As per figures available till the end of June, 835 convicted Bangladeshis were in West Bengal jails, while the number of undertrials was 1,667.