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Court jails Bangladeshi terror suspect

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Agartala, May 24, 2010: A court sentenced Bangladeshi terror suspect Mamun Mia to 10 years rigorous imprisonment ending almost two year old trial that began within months after his arrest from a rented house near police headquarters in Agartala. West Tripura Chief Judicial Magistrate Tridip Chandra Roy Bhowmik pronounced the sentencing in jam-packed court room which also included a fine of Rs.1.5 lakh failing of which the convict would have to serve extra 18 months in jail.  

The court held him guilty on charges of forgery of official documents to procure permanent resident certificate (PRC), Indian passport and his illegal stay in India. The court earlier dropped the charge for conspiring against the nation for lack of evidence in the case probed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The CID has also failed to substantiate his connection with terror network and smugglers. The CID was entrusted the job when Mamun was brought back from Kolkata at strength of a transit remand.  

Ironically terror suspect Mamun Mia also wanted in his country was arrested by a Kolkata police enquiring a different terror related case in 2007. He was staying at a rented house on the Akhaura Road in Agartala near Tripura police headquarters for some years and allegedly enjoyed patronage of a few senior CPI(M) leaders including Minister Sahid Choudhury.  

CPI(M) virtually forced Sahid Choudhury to resign from the council of ministers when certain allegations raised against him concerning Mamun Mia who took fake name Suman Majumder to ensure his safe stay in India. The incident snowballed into a major political controversy that embarrassed ruling party as well as chief minister Manik Sarkar holding the home portfolio.