Bangladesh hands over top ULFA leader to In­dia

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NEW DELHI/DHAKA: Out­lawed ULFA’s fugi­tive leader Go­lap Baruah alias Anup Chetia was on Wed­nes­day handed over to In­dia by Bangladesh, 18 years af­ter his ar­rest — a move that is ex­pected to give a push to peace talks in As­sam.

Ac­cord­ing to a top of­fi­cial, Bangladesh Ri­fles handed over Chetia to the Border Se­cu­rity Force (BSF) at Dawki — a border trade cen­tre be­tween In­dia and Bangladesh — in Megha­laya around 2am on Wed­nes­day. He was later flown to New Delhi by the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI).

In­dia de­scribed this as a ma­jor break­through and said it would help the au­thor­i­ties crack sev­eral other ma­jor cases re­lated to the out­fit and its af­fil­i­ates.

PM Naren­dra Modi spoke to Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina “and thanked her for the help in fight­ing ter­ror­ism”.

Union min­is­ter of state for home af­fairs, Kiren Ri­jiju, said: “It’s In­dia’s team ef­fort led by the prime min­is­ter... and as far as the hand­ing over of Chetia is con­cerned, it will be de­cided by rel­e­vant agen­cies.”

Chetia is wanted by In­dia to stand trial in var­i­ous crim­i­nal cases of ex­tor­tion, kid­nap­ping, mur­der and at­tempt to mur­der.

Bangladesh Home Min­is­ter Asaduz­za­man Khan Ka­mal con­firmed in Dhaka that Chetia has been handed over to In­dia. “Chetia has been handed over to In­dia legally af­ter com­plet­ing his prison term,” the Bangladesh home min­is­ter said.

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