India-Bangladesh sign extradition treaty, new visa regime

Dhaka, Jan 28: India and Bangladesh today signed a liberalised visa agreement and a landmark extradition treaty that could pave the way for the deportation of jailed ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia and other wanted "criminals".
 Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde signed the agreement with his Bangladeshi counterpart Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at the end of their bilateral talks, which also yielded a "revised travel arrangement" under which New Delhi as well as Dhaka eased their visa regimes under several categories.
 Officials said the treaty would not be applied for the persons accused with the offenses of political character.
 Under the provisions of the agreement, only persons charged with murders, culpable homicide and other serious offenses would come under the purview of the deal.
 However, offenders of small crimes awarded with imprisonment for less than one year will not be covered d under the treaty.
 He said New Delhi would extend its maximum cooperation in tracking down and handing over the fugitive convicts of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder trial, believed to be hiding in India.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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