Guwahati: The Government of Bangladesh is expected to hand over ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia to Indian authorities before the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to Dhaka on September 6 and 7.
According to the reports, though the exact date for give up the ULFA leader is yet to be determined, the much-awaited development is expected to take place within the 1st week of September.
Chetia cannot be handed over like the other ULFA leaders like the chairman of the group Arabinda Rajkhowa, the sources said. The ULFA chairman and four other leaders of the group were handed over informally at the international border in 2009 although in case of Chetia, the handing over would be a formal affair as he is in protective custody of the Government of Bangladesh after completing his jail term.
According to the sources a team of the Government of India recently met Chetia in Dhaka and he is allegedly in favour of the peace process.
Chetia was first arrested in Kolkata in March, 1991 and although he was released later on parole for paving the way for talks with the group, he managed to escape.
He was arrested in Bangladesh in December, 1997 under different provisions of the Passport Act and Foreigners’ Act for stayed unlawfully in that country. Fake Bangladeshi passport, a satellite phone and currencies of different countries were detained from him.
Even after the ULFA leader ended his 7 years in jail, he was kept in protective custody of Bangladesh as India and Bangladehs did not have an exile treaty and Chetia also applied for political refuge in 2008.