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B’desh actions against ULFA a positive step: BSF
Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 9
Published on 9 Nov. 2009 11:23 PM IST
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: The Indian frontier guards have termed the recent arrest of ULFA leaders in Dhaka as a “positive step” in strengthening Indo-Bangla ties. “It is a good thing that on the part of Bangladesh to put pressure on the insurgents and to push them back to India,” Inspector General BSF (Assam-Meghalaya frontier) Prithviraj said. The arrest and handing over of ULFA’s “foreign secretary” Sashadhar Choudhury and “finance secretary” Chitraban Hazairka, he said would help take Indo-Bangla relations to new levels. On November 1, sleuths of Bangladesh Police raided the house of the two outlawed leaders from downtown Dhaka and “push back” to India as a “goodwill gesture” by the Awami League government through the Indo-Bangla border under Tripura sector. Protesting the arrest of its “think-tank members”, the proscribed militant outfit sponsored a one-day strike in Assam. The influential separatist outfit in the region says that India and Bangladesh do not share an extradition treaty and hence the manner in which the “ULFA leaders” were handed over breached international protocol. “The Bangladesh police arrested them. India has nothing to do with the arrest and the handing over. It was the goodwill gesture shown by the Bangladesh government,” Prithviraj said. The ULFA’s strength has been reduced over the years and the arrest of two vital persons in the hierarchy is a major blow for any outfit. The outfit’s Chairman, Arabinda Rajkhowa went into hiding after Bangladesh authorities started putting pressure on him, while, the “commander-in- chief” Paresh Baruah is also on the run after he was named as an accused in the 2004 arms haul case, in which two former Bangladesh Army officials were also arrested. The Indo-Bangla relations have further improved after the Awami League government came to power. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed’s scheduled visit to India next month. “India is optimistic that Bangladesh as a friendly neighbour would hep India to promote peace and harmony by similar actions in future,” he said. Bangladeshi infiltrator killed Toops of the Border Security Force (BSF) has gunned down a Bangladeshi infiltrator along the Indo-Bangla border in Assam’s Dhubri district. The incident occurred yesterday when three Bangladeshi infiltrators attempted to get into Indian territory, despite the Indian frontier guards directed them to stop, a BSF statement said. The BSF troops fired upon the miscreants to stop the miscreants from committing the crime, one miscreants namely Nazrul Islam alias Manik died, while, the others managed to escaped. A mobile phone, wire cutter and other items were recovered from the body of the slain intruder.

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