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MP Anar murder

DB: Nepal to decide on handing over Siam to Dhaka or Delhi

  • Siam arrested by Nepal police on Thursday
  • ‘Nepal does not have a prisoner exchange agreement with Bangladesh’
  • Nepal to decide after taking various considerations, says DB chief
Update : 04 Jun 2024, 07:29 PM

The Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) chief Additional Commissioner Harunor Rashid on Tuesday said that Nepal police will decide whether the arrested Siam Hossain will be handed over to Bangladesh or India. 

Siam, one of the key suspects in the murder of Jhenaidah-4 MP Anwarul Azim Anar, has been arrested in Nepal, where he has been hiding since the murder. The Indian police want to take him for interrogation. Now Nepal police will decide to which country, Siam will be handed over, said DB chief upon arriving at the Dhaka airport from Nepal.

When asked about the investigation after going to Nepal, he said that many criminals have gone to Nepal after committing crimes in Bangladesh. Besides, many Bangladeshi criminals go to Nepal from India. Many criminals use Nepal as a route.

Aktaruzzaman Shaheen, the mastermind of Anwarul Azim Anar's murder, also went to Kathmandu, Nepal from India. Shaheen's associate Siam also went to Kathmandu and went into hiding. “I sent a letter from NCB (National Central Bureau) Branch of Bangladesh Police Headquarters to NCB of Nepal after getting information that Siam had been staying in Kathmandu. Based on the information Siam was arrested by the Kathmandu Police,” said the DB chief.

He said Kathmandu police have told Bangladesh police unofficially that they have arrested Siam.

In reply to the question of whether there is any complication regarding bringing back Siam, he said that Nepal does not have a prisoner exchange agreement with Bangladesh.

“However, we have spoken to the Kathmandu police about this as well. Siam is most wanted by police in India. Nepal has a prisoner exchange agreement with India. If Nepal handed over Siam to India or Bangladesh, there would be no problem in the investigation.”

He said that if two countries claim the same crime, Nepal as the host country will take into account the nature of the crime and where the murder has been committed. Nepal will decide to hand over Siam to which country after taking various considerations.

DB chief also said: “India is our friendly country, our and India's objectives are the same. We have shared various information with India. The investigation officers of the two countries are working on the murder of MP Anar. There will be no problem in our investigation if Siam is handed over to the Indian police. Siam is known as a close aide of mastermind Aktaruzzaman Shaheen. If Siam is handed over to the Indian police, Indian police can play a good role in recovering evidence. We can also interrogate him.”

The Nepalese police on Thursday arrested Siam from Kathmandu. 

The Dhaka court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Siam Hossain, a key suspect in the murder incident.

Meanwhile, the DB chief also said arrangements will also be made to bring back mastermind Aktaruzzaman Shaheen. Immediately after the murder, DB sent a letter to the United States with information through NCB. Since Shaheen is a US citizen, Interpol has also been informed. The United States has a prisoner exchange agreement with India. India will also play a role in returning Shaheen as he is the most wanted accused in India.

“I will go to the US Embassy in Bangladesh and meet with the officials to bring back Shaheen,” said Harunor Rashid.

Meanwhile, speaking about the recent transfer of Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahidur Rahman, a detective in the murder case of MP Azim, to Barisal, Harunor Rashid said it was routine work.

"The investigation won't be hampered due to the transfer," he added.

Anwarul Azim Anar, a lawmaker from the ruling Awami League, crossed the Darshana-Gede border into India for treatment on May 12. He stayed at his friend Gopal Biswas’s home in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

The following day, he left to see a doctor at around noon and was expected to return in the evening. However, a WhatsApp message from his phone to Biswas said that he had gone to Delhi instead and would call if necessary.

Since then, he could not be reached by phone. Eventually, the government confirmed his death on May 22, citing Indian police.

Timeline: Jhenaidah-4 MP Anwarul Azim Murder
04 Jun 2024, 19:29
DB: Nepal to decide on handing over Siam to Dhaka or Delhi
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