MANGALDAI: A missing rickshaw puller of a Mangaldai village is languishing his days in a jail in Bangladesh even after the expiry of his jail term.
In its May 9, 2019 issue The Sentinel did cover the heart-rending story on the plight of Mangaldai youth in a Bangladesh Jail.
Two senior media persons of the district – Bhargab Kumar Das and Hitesh Hazarika – and Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma on July 20 write 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 with all the available documents relating to the rickshaw puller with a request to bring him back to Assam.
The whereabouts of this missing youth came 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 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, the letter mentioned that due to no response from the State government of Assam regarding his nationality verification, he has been languishing his days in a jail in Bangladesh even though he had completed his jail term. However, the letter did not mention the nature of the offence of Mukul Hazarika and the period of conviction.
The Deputy Commissioner of Darrang, on receipt of the letter on May 7, 2019, asked the Superintendent of Police for detailed verification of Mukul Hazarika. The Superintendent of Police also submitted the detailed verification report to the Assam Government. Though two years have elapsed, 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 Mukul Hazarika but their joy did not last long. His family members are not in a position to visit Bangladesh to meet him. While his wife is earning her livelihood as a weaver in Sualkuchi along with two children, another child is staying with his paternal grandparents.