Balasore, August 27 (LocalWire): Four Bangladeshi nationals who had entered India illegally and were later also convicted in a case of their involvement in a series of dacoities are waiting for deportation in Balasore police barrack for more than two months even after completion of their 10-year jail term.
All three, Md Nawab Arif (32), Pousha Khan (33), SK Zahir (31), and Abdulla alias Basar Mulla (31) hail from Hamardi village in Faridpur district under Bhanga police station limits of Bangladesh.
Although they completed their jail term on 8 June this year, they are to be deported as the officials here are waiting for the response from the Bangladesh government. Their families allege that despite several correspondences, the government is yet to respond.
After their release from jail, they are again lodged in a separate police barrack as a security measure till they get a clearance from the Bangladesh government.
“They will be provided food by the district administration till their deportation,” sources said.
It may be noted that they were apprehended by Balasore police along with two others, Babu Khan (32) and Basar Mulla (38), on charges of their involvement in a series of crimes including armed dacoities in 2007.
Babu Khan is in jail undergoing his term in Choudwar jail, while Mulla is in Dhenkanal jail.
After committing a series of crimes in Basta, Balasore town and Nilgiri area they were nabbed from Sunhat area during an operation by a joint police team on 28 May 2007.
During interrogations, they disclosed having entered India through Bengal border from Bangladesh through touts.
It may be noted that a court of additional sessions judge on 6 September 2013 convicted them and awarded them 10 years of rigorous imprisonment with Rs 2,000 penalty and nine more months term in case they default in paying penalty.
They were held guilty on charges of dacoity and violation of the foreign national act.
However, the police have a different version to say. According to a senior police officer they are scheduled to return to Bangladesh on 2 September this year and the department is finishing the paperwork required for the process.
“In fact, there is no delay or lack of response from the Bangladesh government. A lot of paperwork needs to be completed before handing over illegal immigrants. The embassies of both countries are to be informed and we need clearances before deportations. All these procedures are completed and they are slated to be handed over to Bangladesh officials on 2 September,” he said.