Indian immigration police arrested industrialist Ragib Ali, a fugitive accused in two cases filed over grabbing land of an endowment property of Tarapur Tea Estate here, from Karimganj district of of Assam on Thursday.
Sugyan Chakma, assistant superintendent of Sylhet District Police, said Indian immigration police arrested Ragib Ali due to expiry of his visa.
However, the process to hand over Ragib to Bangladesh police is underway, said the ASP.
Earlier on August 10, a court here issued arrest warrants against six people, including Ragib Ali and three of his family members, in two cases filed over grabbing land of an endowment property.
The other accused are Pankaj Kumar Gupta, current caretaker of Tarapur Tea Estate, Ragib's son Abdul Hye, his son-in-law Abdul Quadir and daughter Rozina Qaudir and Dewan Moshtaque Majid.
Ragib Ali and his family members fled to India hours after the arrest warrants were issued against them.
Police submitted the chargesheets in the two cases to Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Court on July 10.
On August 25, 1999, the authorities concerned of the then parliamentary watchdog on land affairs found that Tarapur Tea Estate captured a vast area of an endowment property and set up several establishments on the lands illegally.
Later the sub-committee of the parliamentary watchdog recommended taking legal action against illegal occupants.
SM Abdul Hye, land commissioner of Sylhet Sadar, filed two cases against six people, including Ragib Ali, with Sylhet Kotwali Police Station on September 27, 2005.
On January 19 this year, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court asked the authorities concerned to reclaim Tarapur Tea Estate. The SC also ordered reinvestigation into the cases.
Following the order of SC, Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate court ordered Police to Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the cases again. On July 10, PBI submitted report accusing Ragib Ali and his son Hye.