BNP spokesman remanded to judicial custody for unlawful entry into India

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Chief judicial magistrate K M L Nongbri passed an order according to which Bangladesh National Party leader Salahuddin Ahmed was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by a local court. Ahmed was discharged from the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGIHMS) yesterday.

Ahmed was arrested on May 12 night while wandering at Golf Link area of Shillong for entering India without valid papers and suffered from kidney and cardiac problems, told the judge about his ailments and that he could not sleep.

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His counsel S P Mahanta backed him and produced medical certificates from the hospitals.

Mahanta pleaded for judicial custody for Ahmed to ensure proper medication for the BNP chief spokesman.

Ahmed was charged under Section 14 of the Foreigner’s Act for not carrying valid travel documents.

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Prior to the court hearing, Ahmed told the media that he had chest pain as well as weakness.

He was discharged from NEIGIHMS yesterday afternoon and was under police custody where he was interrogated for several hours.

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Since his arrest, Ahmed had been under treatment first at Shillong Civil Hospital and then at NEIGRIHMS.

Last week, Ahmed’s counsel Mahanta had moved court seeking bail for Ahmed’s treatment in a better hospital in Singapore where he had been undergoing treatment prior to his disappearance from Bangladesh in March.

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