NEW DELHI, Feb 24 (BSS) -India has asked its Paschimbanga state to track down the fugitive killers of Bangabandhu believed to be hiding in the Indian state bordering Bangladesh, Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram told a press briefing here.
"Indian government will hand over the killers instantly, if
we find out them," he said emerging from a meeting with his
Bangladesh counterpart Sahara Khatun.
Chidambaram said there was no barrier to hand over criminals
on either side even in the absence of an extradition treaty while
an agreement on 'exchange of prisoners' was at the final stage of
signing between the two neighboring countries.
On a burning issue of shooting Bangladesh nationals on the
border, the Indian home minister said the Border Security Force
(BSF) of India has been asked to refrain from such incidents. He
also regretted over the border shootouts and said such incidents
have reduced sharply in last eight months.
Sahara Khatun told the briefing that Bangladesh already
ensured New Delhi that its soil could not be used anymore to
carryout any subversive activities against India.
Bangladesh has tracked down four of the six fugitive
convicted ex-army officers abroad while efforts were underway to
bring them back to be exposed to gallows for the August 15, 1975
coup, in which Bangabandhu was killed along with most of his
Dhaka last year asked New Delhi to track down and return two
of the convicted killers as they were believed to be hiding in
India with a senior home ministry official saying, "We have
information that two of the convicted killers of Bangabandhu -
(sacked) captain Majed and (sacked) risaldar Moslehuddin were
hiding somewhere in India".
Home Minister Sahara Khatun earlier said New Delhi agreed to
extradite the two absconding convicts if they were found while
home ministry officials in Dhaka said India earlier sought some
more information about the fugitives.
Police said they got the last 'red notices' issued by the
Interpol to track down the six fugitives after the execution of
the five killers and by now most of them were located at
different parts of the world.
A police official said, according to police records, two of
them, ex-lieutenant colonels Khandaker Abdur Rashid was last
hiding in Libya while he often traveled to Pakistan and SHBM Noor
Chowdhury was in Canada but sometimes traveled to Britain.
"Of the others (ex-lieutenant colonels) Shariful Haque Dalim
is staying in Kenya, Rashed Chowdhury is in the United States and
ex-captain Abdul Majed and army risaldar Moslehuddin were staying
in India," the official said.
Thailand returned Huda in 1998 after Dhaka and Bangkok
signed an extradition treaty while the United States returned
Mohiuddin Ahmed (lancer) during the past military-backed
caretaker government in 2007 after he failed to obtain a federal
court order there to stay back.
Officials earlier said Noor Chowdhury, the man who directly
had shot Bangabandhu dead along with already executed Huda, and
Rashed Chowdhury were trying to take legal cover in Canada and
the United States to evade the justice.
One of the convicts, however, already died in Zimbabwe eight
years ago as he was on the run.