MEA pulls out Dhaka driver after maidís mystery death

The Ministry of External Affairs has quietly recalled an Indian driver posted at its high commission in Dhaka after his maid was found dead under mysterious circumstances .

On the face of it, this should have been treated as a regular crime case but New Delhi pulled out the driver within weeks of the incident, adding to the suspicion that there was more to it. It's also believed the staffer may have been more closely associated with the woman.

The matter seems to have been hushed up for now with sources indicating the incident took place between one and three months back. Also, there is more than one version of events.

The driver belongs to a small cadre of chauffeurs in the MEA, who are sent to missions where it is advised to have an Indian driver for senior officials.

While an internal inquiry is on, one version doing the rounds is that the girl was found hanging in the driver's house outside the mission premises. Insiders suspect she may have committed suicide.

However, according to the official version, the woman had taken a day off and did not return. The driver allegedly asked the high commission to report the matter to the police as he suspected her to have gone missing.

Her body was found a day after the matter was reported, but allegedly in another place outside the jurisdiction of the police station where the missing complaint had been filed. Official sources said the driver went to the police station and cooperated with initial investigations. He was then sent back to India with an assurance to Bangladeshi authorities that he would be made available for any future probe.

On his return, sources said, the matter was being pursued internally but the MEA is unwilling to share more details. Besides, it is still not clear if the investigation went beyond the alleged missing complaint that was filed.

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