by Mayukh Goswami
Mangaldai :: All speculations over the safe home return of a rickshaw puller hailing from a village near here from Bangladesh after nearly five years of being missing mysteriously have come to a happy end when the rickshaw puller accompanied by his father and an police officer of the local Mangaldai police station on September 14, left Tripura on Tuesday to reach here by the evening . Mukul Hazarika (45) , a resident of Hodapara ( Keotpara) village, under Mangaldai Police Station and a local rickshaw puller by profession went missing on February 12 , 2017 when he reportedly had gone to nearby Janaramchowka area on his bicycle. His farmer father Phuleswar Hazarika lodged police complaint on the hope that police would trace out his son who is also a father of three minors. But his hope turned into despair with no information from any side. The hopes and aspirations of Phuleswar Hazarika in tracing out Mukul regained some life following a letter dated 5th ,May 2019 from the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh to the Assam Government as well as DC ,Darrang where it was mentioned that Mukul was languishing in Feni jail of the country even after completion of his jail term.
Accordingly DC, Darrang directed SP to submit a detail verification report for onward submission. Subsequently the report was submitted to DC for its necessary submission to the government. Unfortunately the process failed to make any desired at the government level and the ray of hope for Phuleswar Hazarika and his family didn’t last long. Fortunately the matter came to the notice of newly joined Darrang Superintendent of Police Sushanta Biswa Sarma through a couple of media persons. SP ,Sarma in the later part of July last took up matter with top officials of the Assam Police and the state Home Department resulting a new dimension to the whole episode.
All doors for repatriation of Mukul from Bangladesh got opened and on September 13 evening in a ceremonial function officials of Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB) in presence of official from Border Security Force ( BSF) , Tripura Police and Darrang Police Mukul was handed over to his father Phuleswar Hazarika in the Muhurighat border under Bilonia Sub Division of South Tripura. Then Mukul along with his father and Darrang Police Sub Inspector Dantejit Deori boarded a flight for Mukul’s native village Hodapara to arrive there safely on Tuesday evening . Meanwhile the journey of lowly literate Mukul who had no link with any underground organization, to Bangladesh and lodging him to Feni jail still remains a mystery. Mukul is yet to make any comment and his father Phuleswar was complaining about the mental disturbance of his son at present