India, Bangladesh ink extradition treaty

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 16:31 hrs

Dhaka: India and Bangladesh on Monday inked two crucial deals, including an extradition treaty, during a home ministerial meeting in Dhaka.

Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and his Bangladeshi counterpart Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir signed the agreements on behalf of their respective counties.

After the meeting, the deals were announced at a joint press conference at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the capital, Daily Star reports.

The extradition treaty will put in place a legal framework to help both countries in the process of nabbing militants, terrorist and most wanted criminals who try to escape the law by crossing the borders.

The treaty has some refusal provisions. If extradition of someone poses a threat to national security, the country concerned might refuse the deportation request, says a home ministry high official quoting the draft.

The other deal signed was on a friendlier visa agreement for Bangladesh titled Revised Travel Arrangement (RTA).

According to the visa pact, businessmen would be given a five-year multiple entry visa; those who want to travel on medical ground would get two-year multiple entry visa, which is extendable for one more year, reports our correspondent in New Delhi.

In case of medical purpose entry, as many as three attendants of a patient would also be entitled to visa.

Shinde's visit to Bangladesh is also likely to focus on co-operation between the two countries in the areas of security, border management, border infrastructure and people-to-people exchanges.

Shinde is expected to hold discussions with Alamgir, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and also call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.

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