Agartala: Mukul Hazarika, a resident of Assam, set his foot on Indian soil on Monday after spending three years in a Bangladesh jail. 

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

On Monday, 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. 

Officer in-charge of Belonia Police Station Smriti Kant Bardhan and BSF officials spoke to the Bangladesh Border Guard Force and police. Mukul then entered India through the Belonia checkpost after police and border guards from both countries signed administrative documents through a meeting.

Later, the police administration handed over Hazarika to his father Fuleshwar, and the duo then left Tripura for their home in Assam. 

It was in 2017 that Mukul Hazarika crossed over to Bangladesh illegally, without informing anyone at home. Family members could not find Mukul after extensive search and eventually filed a missing diary at the Mangaldai PS in Assam. After living in Bangladesh illegally for several years, 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 for entry into Bangladesh after interrogation.

Hazarika’s whereabouts first came to light in 2019 after a letter issued by Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Biswajit Dey, informed 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.

The letter also sought immediate verification of Mukul’s identity, so that he could be repatriated to India.

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