Dhaka – More than 2,000 Bangladeshi nationals have been languishing in jails of neighbouring India as they were detained over various charges in the past years, according to an account placed in parliament by the Foreign Minister.
Abul Kalam Abdul Momen, the foreign minister, said on Thursday the highest number of Bangladesh nationals detained abroad are in India. The minister was responding to questions in parliament during the regular question-answer session.
Replying to a question from M Abdul Latif of a Chattogram constituency, the minister said that a total of 8,848 Bangladesh nationals are currently in jails or detention centres of different countries.
Among them 2,049 Bangladeshis, the highest number, are in Indian jails, he said.
A total of 1,156 Bangladeshis are in the jails of United Arab Emirates, 768 in Saudi Arabia, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman and 316 in Kuwait.
The minister said diplomatic efforts are on with those countries to reduce the tenure of punishment or complete clemency for the detainees.