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Indian child likely to be handed over Sunday

NEW DELHI: Five-year old Ariful Sheikh, a resident of West Bengal, now in a prison in Bangladesh several months after serving a 2-month jail term in connection with a case, is expected to be h

Published: 25th April 2012 10:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:44 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Five-year old Ariful Sheikh, a resident of West Bengal, now in a prison in Bangladesh several months after serving a 2-month jail term in connection with a case, is expected to be handed over to Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday.

"5-yr-old Indian Ariful Sheikh who is in Kustia jail in Bangladesh expected to be handed over on 29 April to BSF through Darsana checkpost," official spokesperson in Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

Sheikh, along with his grandfather Hachimuddin Sheikh (48) and grandmother Mafroza Khatun (about 40) had gone to Bangladesh, apparently to see his ailing great grandmother and were apprehended in April last year.

They were sentenced by a judicial magistrate court in Kushthia to 2 months in prison and ordered to be repatriated to India but had been languishing in jail even after their prison term was over.

The Indian High Commission in Dhaka has been in touch with Bangladesh Home and Foreign Ministries to ensure their release.



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