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'Interpol issues Red Notice against Salahuddin'

Update : 14 May 2015, 04:46 AM

Interpol's Dhaka office has sent a red notice to India, requesting it to arrest the man who claims to be BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed, Indian daily The Telegraph reports.

Meghalaya director-general of police Rajiv Mehta told The Telegraph over the phone that Interpol Dhaka has sent a red corner notice to India requesting it to arrest Salahuddin.

But Meghalaya police was not clear if the notice was issued previously or after the "BNP leader" surfaced in India.

"The red alert notice was received by us (Meghalaya police) yesterday through the CBI and we have already responded to the CBI," he said.

However, officials in the Meghalaya government said the identity of Ahmed was yet to be officially confirmed.

As he is still in the hospital for medical treatment, interrogators said they would get the opportunity to interrogate him only when he is discharged.

"Officially, the identity of the individual has not been ascertained yet. We are waiting for his release from the hospital to start the interrogation," said M Kharkrang, East Khasi Hills superintendent of police.

On being discharged from the hospital, Ahmed will be produced in court, he added.

Shillong civil hospital cardiologist Dr DJ Goswami, who is supervising Ahmed's health condition, said he was physically and mentally stable, though medical tests were being conducted to verify his health status, reads the report.

"I have sent for many tests, especially when he (Ahmed) had briefed me about his history of kidney and heart ailments. The test reports are awaited," said Goswami.

He said Ahmed would be released from the hospital only after the hospital authorities were satisfied that he was physically and mentally fit.

Salahuddin was found allegedly "hanging around aimlessly" by some people in Shillong on Monday morning.

Since Ahmed had no valid papers, identity proof or travel permit, he was arrested by Meghalaya police and booked under the Foreigners Act.

Later, he identified himself as a Bangladeshi national, a minister in the erstwhile Khaleda Zia-led BNP government and at present joint secretary of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party,

He had told some reporters who followed him to Shillong Civil Hospital that he was abducted in his country, but was clueless about how he landed in India.

Salahuddin's family had declared him missing since March 10.

A police official said if Ahmed claims that he was abducted in his country, the question that emerges is why and how he landed here (Shillong) in India.

On Tuesday, Salahuddin talked with his wife Hasina Ahmed from a Meghalayan hospital, two months after he had allegedly gone missing from his Uttara residence in Dhaka.

Salahuddin’s family is now processing to get Indian visas to meet him. His wife has sought the government’s support to bring him back home.

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