India-Bangladesh Home Secretary talks on Sept 2 to 4

The three-day Home Secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh will be held in Dhaka beginning September 02.

New Delhi: The three-day Home Secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh will be held in Dhaka beginning September 02.

Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami will discuss with his Bangladesh counterpart Mozammel Haque Khan issues like cooperation in counter-terror initiatives, eviction of Indian insurgent groups from Bangladesh, curbing illegal cross-border movement of people and goods besides others.

The extradition of ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia, who has been in the custody of Bangladesh, and handing over of Bangladeshi criminals lodged in Indian jails will also figure during the delegation-level talks between the two sides.

Official sources said the two delegations, to be led by their Home Secretaries, are expected to raise issues related to border security, safety of border residents and illegal activities taking place along the over 4,000 km frontier.

India is expected to raise the issue of insurgents and other illegal elements who are reported to be hiding in the neighbouring country.

Besides, issues related to making the border more secure and peaceful would be discussed during the visit of the Indian delegation to Dhaka.

At the talks, the Indian side is expected to press for Chetia's extradition to India as he has already expressed his desire to return.

Chetia was arrested in Bangladesh in 1997 and is under detention on completion of his seven-year jail term for cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.

He has completed his prison term but is still being in jail in line with a Bangladeshi High Court directive in August, 2003 to keep him in safe custody until the government made a decision on his plea seeking political asylum in Bangladesh. 

On the other hand, Dhaka has been asking New Delhi to hand over wanted Bangladeshi criminals Subrata Bain and Sajjad Hossain who were arrested in 2012.

Both of them were handed down death sentence by Bangladeshi courts for murder and grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka.

Bain was arrested in Kolkata 18 days after his escape from a jail in Nepal. His name featured in the 23 top wanted men list Bangladesh handed over to India.

Hussain was arrested in Amritsar while trying to cross over to Pakistan. He was carrying fake Indian currency notes at the time of his detention.

India has also assured Bangladesh of full cooperation to track down killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, official sources said. 

Riasaldar Mosleuddin and another person, wanted for the killing of Sheikh Mujib and several of his family members on August 14-15, 1975, are suspected to be hiding in India.

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