So it appears Bangladesh government handed over Arbinda Rajkhowa without going by any definite extradiation treaty with India? Within hours of Adv. Sahara Khatun, the Minister of Interior strongly denied arrest of any ULFA leader taking place in Dhaka, evidences came out that she gave flawed information to the local media. Arbinda Rajkhowa was produced to a Guwahati court where he told he was held by the Bangladeshi authorities from Dhaka and then handed over to BSF through Tamabil-Daoki border. Later Indian officials told the media thata 10-member ULFA group including Rajkhowa’s wife Kaberi Kachari (42), his two sons Gadadhar (5) and Kamsena (13), Raju Baruah’s wife Nirala Neog (30) and his minor son Hemanta, Sashadhar Chowdhury’s wife Runima Choudhury (41), his 10-month-old daughter Hema and Raja Bora, PSO of Rajkhowa were held by BSF on Bangladesh-Meghalaya border on Friday morning. So according to Rajkhowa’s statements he gave after being produced to the court, all the mentioned were held by Bangladeshi authorities and then handed over to Indian authorities at Tamabil-Daoki border.
Dhananjay Mahapatra of Times of India stated here,
Two facts are significant in Rajkhowa’s arrest. First, India does not have an extradition treaty with Bangladesh. Second, there was no formal request for his extradition through proper channels, which begins with a competent court issuing letter rogatory to its counterpart in the foreign country for extradition of the accused for trial in offences committed in India.
In the absence of these two, the arrest of Rajkhowa and his aides clearly shows that they were detained by Bangladeshi authorities and then pushed across to India at a mutually agreed place for the BSF to take them into custody. This is substantiated by Rajkhowa’s repeated assertions before media prior to being produced before the CJM that he had not surrendered.
Meanwhile Kolkata based The Telegraph reveals the fact that the handover of the ULFA kingpins without even a minimum consideration of proper ways from Bangladeshi side have something more to do than just Sheikh Hasina’s smoothing the ties with India. It says that Delhi is to start the process of handover of two prisoners from Indian custody to Bangladesh. These two prisoners appear to have names Abdul Mudib and Muslimuddin, two of the prime suspects of murder of Bangabandhu and his family on 15 August, 1975.
Nishit Dholabhai of The Telegraph writes here,
Bangladesh’s generosity in handing over leaders of the United Liberation Front of Asam springs from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s eagerness to see Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s assassins brought to justice, apart from her interest in smoothing relations with India.
Delhi is expected to return the favour to Dhaka by probably sending two persons wanted in the Mujib murder case who are lodged in Tihar jail, sources said. The duo’s identities are being kept under wraps though sources said their aliases could be Abud Mudib and Muslimuddin.
So it appears the Bangladeshi authorities under the present Awami League government has been showing immense generosities to India since their beginning.
- A group of protesters where beaten mercilessly when they appeared in a procession demanding expel of the former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty in September 2009.
- A pair of Bangladeshi ministers (Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Abul Hossain, Minister of Communication) was keeping mum when this Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty added the adjective “so called intellectuals” behind a panel of academics from University of Dhaka, Jagangirnagar University, University of Rajshahi and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in August 2009.
- The Minister of Water Resources Ramesh Chandra Sen found it fun to tell in July 2009 Bangladesh as a smaller neighbor can easily accept some damage to maintain a friendship with the bigger neighbor India.
- The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Dipu Moni was shy to spare a word when an Indian journalist called Bangladesh “a buffer state” in last February.
Now a group of people were handed over to India without the confirmation of their being criminals and even without any mutual extradition treaty just to show how generous the present regime is to India.
Reading the entire pile of emotional stories on the generosity of a 162 million’s nation to a 1200 million’s nation, we can expect the generosity from our Minister of Interior Adv. Sahara Khatun to answer the following question that,
For what on earth she denied that Rajkhowa was arrested in Bangladesh? And if she was telling the truth, why she is this ultra-generous to put not a single protest against any of the Indian medias those apparently made her contend for being provider of the most viciously flawed information?