BNP leader stable, to be shifted to NEIGRIHMS

Shillong: The condition of the arrested Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Ahmed is stable and he will be shifted to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) here for better treatment.

Dr D J Goswami, the doctor who is attending to the ailing BNP leader at civil hospital since his arrest here told PTI "We have recommended that he (Ahmed) be shifted to NEIGRIHMS to treat his kidney problems."

NEIGRIHMS is the only government-run super speciality hospitality in the north east and there are more facilities than those here, he said.

Meghalaya police have been asked to comply with the orders of the civil hospital and the BNP leader will be shifted to NEIGRIHMS anytime in the evening today itself, police said.

Goswami said Ahmed's health was stable since he was admitted to the civil hospital on May 12, a day after he was arrested for travelling without valid documents from Golflink area of the town.

He could not be produced before the court after his arrest as he was in hospital for kidney and cardiac problems.

His wife, Hasina Ahmed, however, had expressed her desire to get him treated in a third country where there are better facilities.

BNP assistant office secretary Md Abdul Latif Johnny, who is here since Friday last, said Ahmed had lost more than 15 kgs.

Ahmed, who had been missing from Bangladesh for about two months, had claimed during interrogation after his arrest that he was kidnapped by unidentified people from Uttara district of his country and he did not know how he reached Shillong.

His disappearance at the height of anti-government protests in Bangladesh earlier this year had led to speculations that he had been taken into custody by the intelligence agencies of that country.