In a recent incident reported in Tripura, a person suspected to be Bangladeshi Army officer has been detained by the Tripura police who was trying to trespass into the India territory under a pseudonym. The person, pretending to be Raju Choudhary is actually Azam Khan and he was a commander of Bangladesh Army. The Tripura police produced the arrested person before the court of West Tripura additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Sarbajit Choudhury on Thursday. The court, however, granted him bail.
Sadar sub-divisional police officer Suman Majumder while speaking to the media said that the suspected Bangladeshi person was arrested on Wednesday evening from Akhaura Road based on a tip-off. During the preliminary interrogation, only Choudhary admitted that he worked with Bangladesh Army and deserted it during his training.
Majumder further said, “He has admitted that he is a Bangladeshi citizen and used to work for the Bangladesh Army. He deserted the Army during his training and crossed the international border into Tripura. He was detained based on a tip-off last evening.”
After coming to India, Choudhary worked as a government contractor was responsible to do all plumbing works at the Chief Minister’s official residence. He lives in Tripura with his wife who is an Indian woman and their child. Other than working in the CM’s residence, Choudhary also took plumbing contracts for other important government buildings like the Governor’s House and Gobind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital.
Denying the police allegations on Choudhary, his counsel Mrinal Kanti Biswas says that his client was not a Bangladeshi national and his father’s name was registered in Indian documents way back in 1957. However, this is not the only allegation made against the suspected Bangladeshi Army personnel as he is also accused of domestic violence by his wife Nasima Khatun.
Speaking in favour of his client, Biswas said, “High Court judge Arindam Lodh said during the last hearing over the domestic violence case that he believed Raju to be an Indian citizen based on prima facie evidence. The evidence includes his EPIC card, Aadhar card, PAN card, permanent residence certificates – all genuine documents.”