India is all set to sign a liberalised visa agreement and extradition treaty with Bangladesh during Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's two-day visit to Dhaka beginning Monday.
The new visa pact, named the "revised travel arrangement", will remove restrictions on visit of each other's businesspersons, students, patients, senior citizens above 65 years and children below 12 years on the lines of the liberalised visa regime recently signed between India and Pakistan.
"Both the treaties will be signed during the home minister's visit to Bangladesh," a Home Ministry official said.
The extradition treaty will also pave the way for the deportation of jailed ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia, Tripura insurgent leader Vishwa Mohan Deb Barman, NDFB leader Thulunga alias Tensu Narzery and many other insurgents from the northeast who have been hiding in Bangladesh.
India has been pressing for Chetia's deportation for a long time now. The ULFA leader has been in a Dhaka jail following his arrest in 1997 on the charge of entering Bangladesh without valid documents.
He had, however, moved court seeking asylum in Bangladesh for security reasons, making it 'legally' difficult for Dhaka to execute New Delhi's demand for extradition.
According to the proposed visa pact, businessmen will be given five-year multiple entry visas and those who want to travel for medical treatment will get two-year multiple entry visas extendable for another year. Visa will also be given to three attendants of a patient.
Under the student visa, a person can avail one-year multiple entry travel document.
India has also agreed to waive the 60-day cooling off period for a second visit by a Bangladeshi national. The restriction is at present applicable to citizens of Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka and some other countries.
Published Date: Jan 27, 2013 10:54 am | Updated Date: Jan 27, 2013 10:54 am