May 18, 2015 8:56:25 pm
Hasina Ahmed, whose husband and former Bangladesh minister Salahuddin Ahmed is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital in Shillong after he was arrested by the police in the Meghalaya capital on May 11 for illegal entry to India, was allowed to meet him on Monday.
“She arrived here today and sought permission to meet her husband who is currently undergoing treatment. We have allowed her to meet him,” East Khasi Hills district SP M Kharkhrang said over the telephone from Shillong. The SP however said there was no question of letting off the former Bangladesh minister because he has been arrested for violating Section 14 of the Foreigners Act.
SP Kharkhrang, however, said that there was no question of releasing Ahmed and that the law would take its own course. “There is no question (of releasing him). We are following all legal procedures,” he told The Indian Express over the telephone.
Ahmed was spotted by some local citizens in the Golf Links area of Shillong on May 11 evening, who called up the police after suspecting that he was a stranger from another country. The police, on picking him up discovered that he was a former minister of Bangladesh and a senior member of the opposition BNP.
Ahmed, however, reportedly claimed that he had been kidnapped in his native country a few weeks back and that he was not aware how he landed up in Shillong. One report quoting one Ayub Ali, a Kolkata-based export-import businessman who claimed to be a cousin of Ahmed, said the ex-minister was kidnapped about two months ago and had since remained untraced.
Though how Ahmed landed up in Shillong continues to remain a mystery, the police are investigating into the possible role of some Meghalaya-based persons engaged in trans-border trade with that country in smuggling the former Bangladesh minister into India.
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