Silchar, Aug. 25: The British High Commission in New Delhi has sought the custody of a British national of Bangladeshi origin for trial in England on charges of murdering his Bengali-speaking wife in London in 2006.
The accused, Abdul Sukkur, 34, had fled to Cachar district via Bangladesh.
A senior police official here today said the formalities to hand Sukkur over to the British high commissionerís chancery had been started. But he wondered whether Sukkur, arrested on May 23 from Kathigorah block in Cachar district, bordering Bangladesh, for trespassing into this country without valid documents and now lodged in Silchar central jail, could possibly be handed over to the British High Commission before the August 28 deadline. He said the process of handing over an outsider in judicial custody to another nation through its chancery was time-consuming, as many formalities are involved.
Sukkur, who had assumed the name of Maibul Haque, was doing odd jobs, including working in a colliery in the adjoining Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, and had even married for the second time after infiltrating into this country.
In his confession to Cachar police and central government intelligence agencies, he revealed how he had exploited his contacts in the lower bureaucracy to obtain documents like the residential certificate issued to him by the Kathigorah block panchayat, an OBC card and a Pan card. He even used his contacts to open savings bank accounts in the SBI and the Canara Bank.
The police had taken into custody the chairman of the Congress-ruled Kathigorah OBC Board, Abdus Shahid, for allegedly issuing an OBC card to Sukkur.
Sukkur confessed that he had killed his 30-year-old wife Julie Begum, a Briton, at the coupleís residence in Londonís Bengali Muslim locality of Bricks Lane in December 2005 in a sudden fit of anger during a domestic tiff and then within a span of three days managed to flee from his adopted country to first Sylhet district in Bangladesh and then to Cachar district.
According to his confession to the police, he had married Julie on one of her trips to Sylhet district in 2000 and then migrated to England. He was a farmer then.
Julie, according to him, used to work in an office in London and the couple had two daughters, Ahana, 12, and Anika, 9. They are living in their uncleís home in Bricks Lane.
The police said Sukkur used to stay in Golapgunj near Sylhet before migrating to England.