Dhaka, (APP), Dec 27
Bangladesh and India have agreed to exchange prisoners being detained in the two
neighbouring countries.As per the agreement, Bangladesh has taken initiative to
bring back around 100 Bangladeshi nationals detained in different prisons in
India on various charges.The move came after India had informed the government
of having 136 Bangladeshi nationals imprisoned there for years. India also gave
Bangladesh a list of the detained people.
The government investigated
identities of the detained people on the list and confirmed 97 of them as
Bangladesh-born, officials of the Foreign Ministry said in Dhaka Sunday.
After the confirmation, the
Ministry of Home Affairs has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deal
with the matter and bring the people home immediately.
Sources said the government
could bring back its nationals in exchange of Indian nationals detained in
different jails in Bangladesh.
More than 50 Indian nationals,
some of them are wanted in India, have been arrested and detained in Bangladesh
over the years, added the sources.
Recently, Secretary on Home
Affairs Abdus Sobhan Sikder visited India and held bilateral talks with his
Indian counterpart Gopal Krishna Pillai and discussed, among others, exchanging
the prisoners held on various charges.
Both the secretaries signed
three pre-treaties on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, exchanging
prisoners and bilateral agreement on combating international terrorism, which
would be ratified during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India next
According to the transfer of
prisoners treaty, both the countries have agreed that Bangladesh nationals
detained in Indian jails and Indian nationals detained in Bangladeshi jails
could take the opportunity to serve their detention in jails of their respective
The Home Secretary said the
treaty has been signed so that the prisoners of both the countries could have
social integration and meet their relatives by serving detention in their own