India will extradite the prime suspect in the Narayanganj seven-murder case, Nur Hossain, arrested in Kolkata last month, provided an Indian court gives its consent to handing him over to Bangladesh, reported our correspondent from New Delhi.
"We have received the extradition request. There is no problem in handing over the suspect to Bangladesh. But everything will depend on the decision of the Kolkata court which is hearing his case of illegal entry into India," a senior Indian home ministry official said yesterday.
If convicted of illegal entry into India, Nur Hossain may face 15-day to six-month imprisonment. He will have to serve the sentence before he could be extradited to Bangladesh, the official said.
The home ministry officials have already spoken to top police officers in Kolkata and they have given their approval to his extradition.
Nur 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 along with two other Bangladeshis was arrested in a Kolkata apartment on June 15 for not having valid documents required for entering India.
Meanwhile, a government-formed probe committee quizzed a former member of the Rapid Action Battalion, Maj Arif, one of the accused in the case, at the Dhaka Central Jail gate yesterday.
It was supposed to interrogate all the three former Rab officials, who had been suspended after being accused of the murders, but could only interrogate one due to lack of time, Jail Superintendent Farman Ali told The Daily Star.
Two others -- Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad and Lt Commander MM Rana -- will be quizzed this morning, said a probe committee member.
He, however, declined to speak further about yesterday's interrogation.
Narayanganj City Corporation panel mayor Nazrul Islam along with his three aides and driver and senior lawyer Chandan Sarkar along with his driver were kidnapped in separate incidents from the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road on April 27.
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.