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Statesman News Service
Behrampore, 17 January
A 26 year-old Bangladeshi convict, Prabal Roy, was found dead last night at Behrampore Central Correctional Home in Murshidabad district. 
Police registered a case of unnatural death at Behrampore police station today. Roy was arrested, put on trial and convicted on charge of crossing the India-Bangladesh international border without valid travel documents. He completed his jail term months ago but allegedly found no way to return home despite repeated appeals to the jail authorities in India. 
He had sneaked into India through the Hilli border area in north Bengal and was brought to the Central Correctional Home at Behrampore a couple of years ago.
The convict was languishing in the correctional home for months as the Indian authorities failed to make arrangements with the Bangladeshi authorities to repatriate him after his prison sentence was over, alleged human rights activists here. 
The Bangladeshi prisoner was lodged in ward no. 29 of Behrampore Central Correctional Home where he was found dead with blood oozing profusely from his right neck while his left hand was bloodstained, rights activists said, claiming it was a case of murder. 
Police, however, did not rule out the possibility of suicide. It was also alleged that an executive magistrate was engaged to make the inquest report because a judicial magistrate could not be made available to conduct inquest under section 176 (1-A) of CrPC.  
Murshidabad SP Humayun Kabir said: “We are yet to ascertain if it is a case of murder or suicide. Further investigation and autopsy report may help to confirm the nature of death.”
A murder case was reported in Behrampore Central Correctional Home on 19 November, 2013 when an Indian youth, Rafik Sheikh, was allegedly beaten up by the jail wardens. Sheikh, who was from the Choa area of Hariharpara police station in Murshidabad, was given a life term on a murder charge.