ULFA general secretary applied to court for political refuge.

Anup ChetiaShillong: United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) general secretary Anup Chetia, currently in a Bangladeshi jail, has once again applied to a court there for political refuge, a union home ministry official said Sunday.

“We have been informed that Chetia has once again applied for political asylum at a Bangladesh court,” Shambhu Singh, joint secretary (Northeast) in the union home ministry told IANS.

Chetia is wanted in India for the various crimes, including murder, kidnapping and extortion. He was arrested in Assam in 1991, but was freed by the state government.

In 1997, the ULFA general secretary was arrested in Dhaka for unlawfully entering Bangladesh and for unlawfully carrying foreign currencies and satellite phone. He is under custody on completion of his jail term.

While, Bangladesh never formally recognized handing over of the some top Indian rebels leaders to India, it is now an open secret that Dhaka facilitated their arrests by capturing them and later handing them over to Indian authorities.

Those handed over comprise ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah, self-styled foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury, finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika and other leaders of the outfit, and National Democratic Front of Bodoland chief Ranjan Daimary.

With India and Bangladesh agreeing to move faster on the proposed exile treaty, Singh radiated confidence that Chetia and other Indian fugitives will be handed over to India.

“Bangladesh has expressed their inability to deport Chetia to India at this juncture due to legal hurdles, but nonetheless assured that he would be handed over to India once the extradition treaty is signed,” he said.

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