statesman news service
Kolkata, 16 August:
West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has directed the home secretary, Government of West Bengal, to look into the repatriation of all Bangladeshi nationals who are being lodged at various correctional homes even after the expiry of the period of sentence and take up the matter with the deputy high commissioner of both India and Bangladesh.
Eleven-year-old Bangladeshi national Mohammad Masum Sheikh, son of Mr Rafikul Sheikh, was arrested by police of Raninagar police station, Murshidabad on 31 July last year on the charges of violation of Section 14 of the Foreigners Act along with violation of certain provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
Police produced him before the Juvenile Justice Board, Berhampore, Murshidabad. After conducting a thorough investigation, police submitted a charge-sheet against him.
Masum Sheikh pleaded guilty to the charges before the Juvenile Justice Board and the board then convicted him to serve sentence for five months on 24 December last year.
Mohammad Masum Sheikh is still lodged in the correctional home although his sentence of five months has already been served by him. He, moreover, couldn’t be repatriated to Bangladesh owing to administrative complications.
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an NGO, lodged a complaint with the WBHRC seeking relief for the minor. The NGO also complained of the inaction on part of the state Government.
Mr Justice A.K. Ganguly, the chairman of WBHRC, asked for reports from the SP and DM, Murshidabad.
Mr Rabindranath Samanta, Registrar of WBHRC, communicated the order of the commission along with a copy of the report of the Government of West Bengal to the SP, Murshidabad and the home secretary, Government of West Bengal, for initiating action the aforesaid matter.