Five Indians, all Muslims, languishing “illegally” in a Bangladesh prison, awaiting repatriation

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Up to six Indian citizens, all Muslim and in their 20s, languish in Bangladeshi prisons, even though five of them have served their prison terms, a West Bengal-based human rights defender said. alleging that the Indian authorities showed no sympathy towards their timely repatriation, resulting in “irreparable loss and impairment” to the life and liberty of the victims.
Bringing this to light, Kirity Roy, secretary of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) and national head of the Program Against Torture and Impunity in Detention (PACTI), asked the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) to take “immediate action”. for taking over five of those who have completed their sentencing period.
Giving details of each of them, Roy, in a letter to the NHRC Chairman, said Mohammad Jalil Miya, 20, resident of Puran Kanai, Hat Singimari, Mainkarchar, Dhubri, Assam, was arrested on October 18 2020 by Bangladesh Police. under Section 4 of the Bangladesh Entry Control Act 1952. The Magistrate, 4th Court, Kurigram, sentenced him to three months’ imprisonment and a fine of Rupees. 1000 and 15 additional days in prison for non-payment of the fine. His term expired on January 3, 2021.
The second person is Nurujaman, a resident of Kanaimara, Hat Singrimari, Dhubri, Assam, arrested on March 16, 2021 by Bangladesh Police, also under the same law. He was sentenced to 2 months and 15 days and fined Rs. 1,000 and another 10 days in jail for non-payment of the fine. His term expired on June 9, 2021.
The third person is Mohammad Taiyab Ali, resident of Dipchwar, Dakshin Salmara, Dhubri, Assam. He was arrested on April 2, 2021 and sentenced to 10 months in prison and Rs 1,000, or 10 more days for non-payment of the fine. His term expired on February 1, 2022.
The fourth person is Mohammed Saha Alam, resident of Kanaimara, Hat Singimari, Mainkarchar, Dhubri, Assam. He was arrested on March 3, 2021, and sentenced to 3 months in prison and fined Rs 1,000 or an additional 15 days in prison for non-payment of the fine. His term expired on October 18, 2021
The fifth person is Mohammed Jahangir Alam residing in Kanaimara, Mainkarchak, Dhubri, Assam. He was arrested on October 18, 2020, and sentenced to 3 months in prison and a fine of Rs 1000, and an additional 15 days in prison for non-payment of the fine. His term expired on January 19, 2021.
The letter says: “These five Indians were stuck in the Bangladesh jail after the expiration of their sentence and till date they are not released. This means that more than 2 to 15 months have passed in the In the relevant cases, they are still in prison like Jaan Khalas. Their sentence has ended but they have not been released and repatriated to their homeland in India.
Calling these “unlawful detentions”, says Roy, it is an “attack on their life and freedom”, suspecting that these five victims were subjected to “a degrading human condition in prison because they are illegally detained”. . He regrets, in the case of these five victims, “the authorities concerned are not at all in favor of the rapid elimination of repatriation and their return to their country of origin, which entails an irreparable loss and an attack on the life and liberty of the victim”.
A sixth victim, Roy says, is Mohammed Harech Ali Babu, a resident of Nilkhira Patua, Sukhchar, Dhubri, Assam, ho was arrested on October 18, 2021. He was sentenced to one year’s sentence and fined Rs 2,000 or 15 more days’ imprisonment for non-payment of the fine. His term will expire on October 17, 2022.
Roy insists authorities should ensure he is “repatriated to his own country without further delay after the expiration of his sentence”.

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