BANGLA INFILTRATION: Dhaka dithers, prisoners suffer – Bangladeshis in jail after sentence completion – while Jyoti Basu’s policies fail in completeness to the detriment of all ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Cooch Behar, Nov. 5: Bangladeshis have outnumbered Indians in Cooch Behar jail because of Dhaka’s nonchalance in taking back those who have completed their prison terms.
The Cooch Behar district correctional home has at present 220 Bangladeshis, including 46 children, against 216 Indians. Most of the inmates had been held for intruding into India without valid documents.
“Of the 174 adult Bangladeshis, 33 have completed their jail term and are awaiting deportation. They have 14 minors with them. There are 47 under-trials among the remaining 109 adults,” said jail superintendent Khagendranath Bir.
The officer said the prisoners who had completed the jail terms had become restless and 29 of them had resorted to a fast unto death from October 20.
“The inmates withdrew the hunger strike on October 26 when the first secretary to Bangladesh high commission in Calcutta, Abul Hossain Mridha, met them in jail and assured them that they would be sent back home soon,” said Bir.
Most of these prisoners had been arrested and put behind bars for infiltrating into India for jobs or medical treatment without valid documents, said a senior official.
He said the neighbouring nation was silent on the prisoners’ deportation and was not co-operating with the jail authorities.
In the meantime, assistant secretary of Bharat-Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Co-ordination Committee Dipiman Sengupta met officials at the Bangladesh deputy high commission in Calcutta on November 2.
“I handed over to the high commission officials a list of four residents of Dakshmin Mashal Danga, a Bangladeshi enclave in Indian territory, — Aamir Hossain, 53, Akkas Ali Mondal, 22, Jabbar Ali, 35, and Abul Sheikh, 21 — who have been languishing in Alipurduar jail after the completion of their sentence,” Sengupta told The Telegraph over phone from Calcutta.