Bangladesh, India sign extradition, visa deals

January 29, 2013 - 1:13:18 am

India’s Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde (left) with Bangladesh’s Minister for Home Affairs Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at the signing ceremony in Dhaka, yesterday.

DHAKA: Bangladesh and India yesterday signed an extradition treaty and struck a deal to relax business visa restrictions between the neighbouring countries.

The extradition treaty could pave the way for Bangladesh to put on trial several crime bosses who crossed the border into India but are still running their gangs by telephone, a senior official at Bangladesh’s Home Affairs Ministry said. It could also help India bring back fugitive separatists who have fled to Bangladesh including Ulfa leader Anup Chetia.

“We are particularly grateful as the treaty will deal with Indian insurgent groups,” Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said at a joint press conference. “Both sides committed to act against elements inimical to both countries,” he said. 

The travel agreement will allow business visas to be valid for up to five years instead of the current one year. “Such an arrangement will help boost the trade and business of Bangladesh with India,” said Mahbubur Rahman, president of the International Chamber of Commerce of Bangladesh.


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