By- Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury | Date- October 30, 2011
A 3-member investigation team will be leaving Dhaka for Kathmandu on October 31, 2011 at the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to investigate series of allegations against Bangladeshi envoy in Nepal – Neem Chandra Bhowmick as well as Bangladeshi-born controversial businessman named Rubel Chowdhury, who in recent times, got involved into unlawful activities in Nepal, which includes connection with some absconding Bangladeshi terrorists, who are sheltered in India. It may be mentioned here that, India has been allowing a large number of absconding Bangladeshi notorious terrorists and terror-kingpins and Delhi is visibly reluctant in handing them over to Bangladesh, though Bangladesh has been over-enthusiastically active in ensuring that none of the terror outfits from India are able to use the Bangladeshi soil in continuing any subversive or terrorist activities inside India. On the other hand, Indian authorities are not only according shelter to the absconding Bangladeshi terrorists and terror-kingpins, but it is also allegedly extending various forms of secret cooperation to such elements, which goes against the elementary norms of War on Terror.
The 3-member investigation team from Bangladesh is led by Munshi Foyez Ahmed, who is Bangladeshi ambassador in China. They will investigate allegations of illegal and immoral activities of Bangladeshi ambassador in Nepal, who allegedly used Indian flag in the diplomatic vehicle of Bangladesh mission in Nepal; took bribe from Nepalese students who came to Bangladesh with scholarship; teased Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala; got involved into immoral activities with local females and also got involved into internal politics of Nepal thus giving instigations to people against Maoists. Neem Chandra Bhowmick, who leads a group of the religious minorities in Bangladesh, used his local influence in putting pressure on Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) as well as the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in stopping the government from initiating any action against him for such illegal and immoral activities. At the influence of the lobbyists of Neem Chandra Bhowmick, Bangladeshi foreign minister Dr. Dipu Moni also reportedly tried to hide the issue from the attention of the Prime Minister for months, till the matter was exposed through media reports. Following such reports, the foreign minister was rather forced to endorse the matter of receiving allegations against Bangladeshi envoy in Nepal and told reporters in Dhaka that the matter was under active consideration of the ministry. It is anticipated that, on return of the investigation team, Bangladesh will withdraw Neem Chandra Bhowmick from Nepal and legal actions including sedition charges may be brought against him for using Indian flag in the official vehicle of the Bangladeshi ambassador in Nepal.
Earlier a 4-page allegation report was already submitted with MOFA by a team, which was earlier initiated to primarily identify the illegal and immoral activities of ambassador Neem Chandra Bhowmick. In the report, in addition to Neem Chandra’s immoral activities such as teasing c or maintaining illicit contacts with a large number of females including some branded society girls and hookers, it was also revealed that the Bangladeshi ambassador was extorting huge amount of money from local business houses by using the official letterhead of the embassy. Such fund was extracted from the locals in the name of sponsorship of a number of events organized by the Bangladeshi embassy in Kathmandu. The investigation report also found evidence of Neem Chandra’s using Indian flag in the official vehicle of the Bangladeshi envoy.
The Bangladeshi ambassador Neem Chandra Bhowmick also reportedly continued to tease counselor with Indian High Commission in Nepal, Ms. Apurba Sribastab. The ambassador used to frequently invite the counselor at his office and spent hours with her. He even made her an indecent proposal of visiting Birat Nagar with him. The Indian counselor particularly felt uncomfortable at such indecent and undiplomatic attitude of the Bangladeshi envoy in Nepal.
It was also revealed that, Neem Chandra Bhowmick regularly and especially during weekends, disappears during late hours by riding at the back seat of the accountant (Harunur Rashid) of the Bangladeshi mission in Nepal. It is known to many that the Bangladeshi envoy regularly visits night clubs, casinos, cabarets and bars and in most nights behave in undiplomatic manner being totally drunk. Such incidents have greatly tarnished the image of Bangladesh in a foreign land.
On March 17, 2010, the Bangladesh mission in Nepal organized a program at a local hotel on the occasion of the Mujibnagar Day. During this program, ambassador Neem Chandra Bhowmick asked the Nepalese Army Band to play the national anthem of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The Bangladeshi ambassador’s instruction of playing Indian National Anthem in such a program was not only a gross violation of the rules, but also in punishable offense.
On March 18, 2010, Neem Chandra Bhowmick met Indian General Jakob by hoisting Indian national flag in the official vehicle of the Bangladeshi ambassador.
Bangladeshi ambassador Neem Chandra Bhowmick is also maintaining regular contacts with Rubel Chowdhury, Bangladeshi-born controversial business in Nepal. It is also reported that, Neem Chandra and Rubel Chowdhury were actively engaged in conspiring against the Maoist government in Nepal. Ambassador Neem Chandra Bhowmick is using his contacts in Indian and Bangladeshi media and politics in aligning them against the Maoist government in Nepal.
The case of Neem Chandra Bhowmick though is already a huge embarrassment for the ruling party (Bangladesh Awami League), some of the influential figures at MOFA as well as the PMO were enthusiastically active in hiding the illicit and illegal activities of Bangladesh envoy in Nepal. One of the influential advisors of the Bangladeshi Prime Minister as well as some of the pro-ruling party university teachers were particularly showing aggressive interests in salvaging Neem Chandra Bhowmick from facing any punitive actions.
It is hinted by the MOFA that on return of the investigation team from Nepal, the Bangladesh government will withdraw Neem Chandra Bhowmick from Nepal by the last week of November. The government has also decided to assess the activities of other members of Bangladeshi missions abroad, including some of the envoys, against whom, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Prime Minister’s Office have received numerous complaints.