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Assam Man Back Home After Spending 3 Years In Bangladesh Jail

No one is happier than 38-years-old Kanchan Hazarika after she heard about her husband Mukul Hazarika‘s homecoming. Mukul is returning home after spending three years in a Bangladesh jail.

Mukul Hazarika, 41 is a rickshaw puller, who disappeared on February 12, 2017, from his home town Mangaldoi. Now after these many years of his disappearance he is coming back to his home.

On Monday, Mukul Hazarika was handed over to the BSF and Belonia Police of India by the Bangladesh Border Guard Force and Bangladesh Police through the Belonia check-post on the India-Bangladesh border.

Hazarika, a resident of Hodapara in Assam’s Darrang district, was sentenced to three years in jail for entering Bangladesh illegally for work.

Officer-in-Charge of Belonia Police Station Smriti Kant Bardhan and BSF officials spoke to the Bangladesh Border Guard Force and police about the release formalities and timing.

Mukul then entered India through the Belonia check-post after police and border guards from both countries signed administrative documents through a meeting.

Almost after two years of his missing, Mukul Hazarika’s family came to know about his whereabouts following an official letter issued by the Deputy High Commissioner of India at Dhaka in Bangladesh.

It was in 2017 that Mukul Hazarika crossed over to Bangladesh illegally, without informing anyone at home. Family members could not find Mukul after an extensive search and eventually filed a missing diary at the Mangaldai PS in Assam. After living in Bangladesh illegally for several months, Bangladesh police finally arrested Hazarika on suspicion.

Hazarika was jailed for three years after being taken to the Feni court in Bangladesh for failing to show valid documents during interrogation, which are required to enter Bangladesh.

Hazarika’s whereabouts first came to light in 2019 after a letter issued by Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Biswajit Dey, informed the principal secretary of home and political department that Mukul Hazarika, resident of Hodapara under Mangaldai police station in Darrang district, was lodged in Feni jail.

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