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Salahuddin return depends on Indian decision: Kamal

SalahuddinState minister for home affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said they are awaiting the Indian government’s decision regarding the repatriation of Salahuddin Ahmed, joint secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), from Shillong, India. The BNP leader is currently undergoing treatment at a local Shillong hospital.
“The Indian government is yet to inform us about Salauddin’s arrest in Shillong. We’ll receive Salahuddin if the Indian government sends him back,” the state minister told reporters at his Secretariat office yesterday.
“Our foreign ministry is working on the matter. We’ll take necessary steps after receiving relevant information from the Indian government,” he added.
The state minister also said that Salahuddin had entered Shillong without any valid documents. He compared Salahuddin’s illegal entry with that of Noor Hossain, the prime accused in the Narayanganj seven murder case, who had crossed over to India through illegal means. “We’ll question Salahuddin Ahmed after bringing him back. Only then we would be able to know the mystery behind his illegal entry to Shillong,” he added.
“Our law enforcement agencies were trying to arrest the Salahuddin, who went on the run after being accused of several cases. But they failed to nab him as he had been changing places frequently,” the state minister said.
Kamal further said that he does not know anything about the issuance of a red notice against Salahuddin. “We can confirm that the home ministry did not issue any red notice against the BNP leader,” he added.
Replying to a question about human traffickers, the state minister said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already directed the home ministry to arrest such people and take them taken into custody. “Our law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been working to identify the people involved in human trafficking through waterways,” he added. He said that most of the floating-people near the Myanmar and Thailand coasts are Myanmar citizens.
About the arrest of those accused in the murder cases of four bloggers, Kamal said the law enforcement agencies are trying their best to arrest the culprits who were involved in the killings.