In Bangladesh at the time of ‘crime’, yet held in Tihar for years
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The Bangladesh High Commission has complained to the Indian government that two Bangladeshi citizens have been implicated in crimes committed in Delhi when they weren't even in India.
The two Bangladeshis, aged 22 and 60, have been held as undertrials in Tihar jail for nearly four and three years respectively. According to documents presented in two Delhi courts, both men arrived in India several months after their alleged crimes — a murder in one case, involvement in a robbery in the other — were committed.
In two letters written to the ministries of external affairs and home on August 3 and September 27 this year, the Bangladesh High Commission has sought help to ensure "early release and repatriation of the ill-fated individuals".
The September 27 letter said, "Indeed both of them came to India later to the commission of offences, but they are miserably suffering from criminal charges being imposed illegitimately. It is to note that the High Commission of India, Dhaka, has recently confirmed the issuance of visas for them — which substantiates their innocence without an iota of doubt. Surely, they are the scapegoat of others' offence, being victimised by the evil quarters."
The Bangladeshi authorities requested the ministries to "kindly convey the message urgently to the concerned authority, in order to secure the human rights of the ill- fated individuals from an endless and unfair sufferings".
Papers, including FIRs and chargesheets, before the courts show Badol Farazi, 22, is accused of murdering an elderly woman at her home in Amar Colony on May 6, 2008, even though he got a month's visa to visit India only on July 9 of that year.
Farazi has pleaded that he was in Bangladesh on the date of the murder, and was arrested at the Benapole immigration checkpost while entering India on July 13, 2008.
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