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India to deport Nur Hossain: Minister

Star Online Report
Nur Hossain. Star file photo
Nur Hossain. Star file photo

India has agreed to deport Nur Hossain, the prime accused in Narayanganj seven-murder case, the foreign minister told the parliament today.

"I can gladly tell you (lawmaker) that we are going to send a letter to India requesting it to send back Nur Hossain to Bangladesh as India has already expressed its eagerness to do so," AH Mahmood Ali said.

He said this when Jatiya Party lawmaker Peer Fazlur Rahman asked how long it would take to bring back Hossain who was arrested in Kolkata.

Ali informed the parliament that he had raised the issue before Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her recent visit to Dhaka.

Hossain is likely to be the first Bangladeshi to be deported from India since the signing of the extradition pact between the two countries in December last year.

He was arrested with two other Bangladeshis in a Kolkata apartment on June 14 for not having valid documents required for entering the country.

Vice president of Siddhirganj unit of ruling Awami League, Hossain slipped into India after the abduction of seven people including Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam on the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road on April 27.

Nazrul's three aides and driver and senior lawyer Chandan Sarkar along with his driver were among the seven.

Three days later, six bodies were found floating in the Shitalakkhya river. The other body was recovered from the river the following day.

Nazrul's father-in-law Shahidul Islam claimed that Nur Hossain and some others had given some Rab officials around Tk 6 crore bribe to kill Nazrul.

Three top officials of Rab-11 -- Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, Maj Arif Hossain and Lt Commander SM Masud Rana -- were fired over their alleged involvement in the crime and are now behind the bars facing investigation.

Tareque was the commanding officer of Rab-11 in Narayanganj when the abductions and killings happened. He is also the son-in-law of Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.

Arif Hossain and Masud Rana have already made judicial confession admitting their roles in the killing.

Tareque was the commanding officer of Rab-11 in Narayanganj when the abductions and killings happened. He is also the son-in-law of Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.

A leaked phone conversation suggests that Shamim Osman helped Nur Hossain flee the country and take shelter in India to avert arrest.

Published: 1:18 pm Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Last modified: 9:53 pm Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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