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Dhaka Tribune

Government to send probe team to Malaysia

Update : 02 Feb 2014, 08:17 PM

The government is planning to send a probe team to Kuala Lumpur to investigate a case where over 500 passports had gone missing from the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia.

“We have learnt about the incident and it is the usual practice to send a probe team whenever an issue arises at the high commission. The team would be sent soon,” said a senior diplomat, seeking anonymity.

The high commission had formed a committee to investigate the issue which is expected to submit a report by next week, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia AKM Atiqur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune on Friday.

After getting the report, the mission would inform the foreign ministry and take action in line with the report, he said.

The mission in early December received some passports which belonged to a series that should still be in the stock. The missing came to light at that time. “After getting the news, we started the investigation,” he said.

When asked if the mission authorities suspected Suchona Rani Halder, the custodian of the passports, the high commissioner refused to comment before getting the report.

However, the high commission through a mail asked Suchona, a former Chhatra League leader, to report to the mission. The Dhaka Tribune obtained a copy of the email.

Suchona, posted to the mission last October, went on leave for 10 days and was supposed to report to the mission by December 15. But  she is yet to return.

When contacted, she told the Dhaka Tribune that she had been sick and she would go back after completing her medical treatment.

Regarding the missing passports, she said a racket of officers and staff was responsible for the incident, adding that passports go missing frequently.

However, she denied naming anyone involved in the racket. She said she wanted to be posted in the Australian mission but she did not get it and later she was posted to Malaysia.

“I do not want to stay there [Malaysia] and I want posting in Kolkata or Delhi and I will meet HT Imam [political adviser to the prime minister] about the matter,” she said.

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