News No. 01/2012, January 04, 2012
An American citizen, Thomas Christian Eskildsen, left Bandarban town yesterday morning after he was ordered by the district administration to leave, Kaler Kantho and Suprobhat Bangladesh have reported.
In today’s (January 4) issue, the two vernacular dailies carried reports saying that Mr. Thomas was expelled on account of unwarranted activities.
The Suprobhat Bangladesh, published from Chittagong, quoted Md. Imtiaz Ahmed, officer-in-charge (OC) of Bandraban Thana, and Md. Mostafiz, a DB official, as saying: ‘American national Mr. Thomas held secret meetings with hill peoples at Tripura Kalyan Samiti office after entering Bandarban without prior permission from the district administration and the law enforcing agencies.’
‘As he failed to (show) any document giving him permission to visit Bandarban and as he failed to justify his visit, he was ordered to leave.’ it added.
The paper said that the police had earlier cautioned him after he was found involved in controversial activities with hill people in a Khumi village in Ruma.
However, according to Kaler Kantho, Mr. Thomas came to Bandarban on Monday at the invitation of Bibortan, an NGO, and with permission from Deputy Commissioner.
‘Members of the National Security Intelligence (NSI) picked him up in the evening while he was speaking with indigenous people at a tea shop in Ujanipara of Bandarban town.’ the national daily said.
‘He was interrogated intensely but the result of the interrogation could not be known.’ it added.
The paper further said that Mr. Thomas Christian had checked out of Royal Hotel on Tuesday morning and left Bandarban town.