Indian govt asked to release a Bangladeshi after 7 years

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Even though he had been claiming himself a Bangladeshi, Indian police was eager to prove him a Pakistani national. India had done so despite repeated communications by the Bangladesh Embassy to the Indian government demanding his release and an inquiry report by an Amritsar Sessions Judge confirming that he is a Bangladeshi. Finally, the crisis came to an end with the Ministry of External Affairs writing to the Bangladesh Embassy to issue travel documents and air ticket for his deportation. Reports the Indian media.

He is Mohammad Bilal, who is rotting at the Amritsar Central Jail since 2005. Yesterday

Now the 70-year-old man could have a breath of relief, as the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday directed the Punjab Police to release him. The court asked the police to release Bilal by 27th April.

For the last seven years, Bilal has been fighting an identity crisis. While Bilal had been claiming that he is a Bangladeshi national, the Punjab Police had been claiming that Bilal is a native of Pakistan.

India had done so despite repeated communications by the Bangladesh Embassy to the Indian government demanding his release and an inquiry report by an Amritsar Sessions Judge confirming that he is a Bangladeshi. Finally, the crisis came to an end with the Ministry of External Affairs writing to the Bangladesh Embassy to issue travel documents and air ticket for deportation of Bilal.

The high court was told about this during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by World Human Rights Protection Council through its chairman, Advocate Ranjan Lakhanpal. Last week, a communication sent by the Ministry of External Affairs to the Bangladesh Embassy on April 11 was produced before a bench.

 

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