MANGALDAI: All decks have been cleared for the handing over of the missing rickshaw puller of a Mangaldai village who was traced out inside the Feni Jail in Bangladesh in 2019. Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) will hand him over to Border Security Force (BSF) in a flag meeting to be held on September 13 at the Indo-Bangladesh border at Tripura. 'The Sentinel' in its issue on May 9 of 2019 and July 22 last has covered the heart touching story on the poor plight of the rural youth who was traced out in Bangladesh Jail.
Coming to know the pathetic story of this rural rickshaw puller from two senior mediapersons of the district namely Bhargab Kumar Das and Hitesh Hazarika, Superintendent of Police Er Sushanta Biswa Sarma on July 20 has written a letter to the Inspector General of Police (Special Branch) Hiren Chandra Nath and Deputy Inspector General of Police cum Secretary of Home department Diganta Bora along with all the available documents relating to the rickshaw puller with a request to bring him back.
The whereabouts of this missing youth had come to light following an official letter issued by the Deputy High Commissioner of India at Dhaka in Bangladesh. Deputy High commissioner Biswadip Dey vide letter number DAC/CONS/411/03/2019 dated May 5, 2019 had informed the Principal Secretary of Home and Political department with a copy to the Chief Secretary of Assam and Deputy Commissioner of Darrang that one Mukul Hazarika son of Phuleswar Hazarika of village Hodapara under Mangaldai Police Station in Darrang district was lodged in Feni Jail in Bangladesh even after the completion of his jail term. Significantly, in the letter, it was mentioned that due to no response from the State government of Assam regarding his nationality verification, he has been languishing his days in jail in Bangladesh though he had completed his jail term. However, the letter did not mention the nature of offence of Mukul Hazarika or the period of conviction.
The Deputy Commissioner of Darrang immediately on receipt of the letter on May 7 of 2019 has asked the Superintendent of Police for detailed verification of Mukul Hazarika and the Superintendent of Police too submitted a detailed verification report which was forwarded to Assam Government. Though two years have passed, the family members of Mukul Hazarika failed to get any information of Mukul Hazarika, not to speak of his return to India. Initially, the family members were too happy to receive the whereabouts of the missing Mukul Hazarika but their joy did not last long. His family members are not in a position to visit Bangladesh to meet him. His wife is earning her livelihood as a weaver in Sualkuchi along with two children while another child is staying with his paternal grandparents.
on Saturday, Town Branch in charge of Mangaldai Police Station Sub Inspector Dantejit Deuri along with Phuleswar Hazarika –father of Mukul Hazarika landed in Agartala and on September 13 they will officially receive Mukul Hazarika from Tripura Police and all are likely to be returned to Mangaldai on September 14.
Meanwhile various organizations of Darrang district have highly appreciated the prompt initiative of Superintendent of Police Er Sushanta Biswa Sarma and DIG cum Secretary of Home department Diganta Borah in ensuring the return of Mukul Hazarika from Bangladesh jail.