Ulfa's Anup Chetia in CBI custody
New Delhi/Dhaka: Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia, the fugitive leader of the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), has been handed over by Bangladesh to India on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, a top Indian official said. According to reports, Chetia is presently in CBI custody in New Delhi.
Bangladesh Rifles handed over Chetia, the runaway general secretary of Ulfa, to the Border Security Force (BSF) at Dawki in Meghalaya at around 2 am on Wednesday morning, a senior official from India's Prime Minister's Office said.
Dawki is a border trade centre between India and Bangladesh.
"He (Chetia) has been handed over to India following the request of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval," a PMO official told IANS,requesting anonymity.
Chetia, who was in Bangladesh since his arrest by the country's police in 1997, was handed over to India at the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and through active involvement of NSA Ajit Doval.
Chetia was handed over this morning, highly-placed sources told.
Chetia, a founding member of ULFA and its general secretary, is wanted for murder, abductions and extortion in India.
He had sought political asylum in Bangladesh thrice in 2005, 2008 and in 2011 after Bangladesh police arrested him in December 1997 and was subsequently handed seven years of jail terms by two courts for cross-border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.
Despite the expiry of his term, Chetia was in jail under a 2003 High Court directive asking authorities to keep him in safe custody until a decision was taken on his asylum plea.
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