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Process to handover Chetia: Bangla envoy
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 10
Published on 11 Feb. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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With India and Bangladesh recently signing a treaty to exchange sentenced prisoners, Dhaka today send positive feelers stating India must “be patient” as the process to handover fugitive ULFA leader Anup Chetia to India was on. Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Tariq Ahmed Karim after his meeting with Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang said India must be patient, when asked if Anup Chetia would be handed over to India. Many “terrorists,” he added, were handed over to India in the recent past by Bangladesh and as such India must let the Bangladesh judiciary some time in handing over other terrorists back to India. Chetia, the general secretary of ULFA is languishing in a Dhaka jail after competing his seven years of imprisonment for illegally entering into the country. Chetia has sought political asylum in Bangladesh and moreover his extradition to India is being opposed by Human rights groups. “Bangladesh also wants that criminals hiding in India, especially those who plotted to assassinate the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina must be handed over to Bangladesh,” Karim told the media here. The Bangladesh envoy’s statement comes after Union Home Secretary GK Pillai said yesterday that detained ULFA leader Chetia would be handed over to India soon after both the countries signed the sentenced prisoners’ exchange treaty. Karim also assured elements “inimical” to friendly ties between the two neighbouring nations would not be patronized in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh would not provide sanctuary to any elements that are inimical to friendly ties between India and Bangladesh,” he assured. Karim added, when asked, that action has been taken against NE-based militants who were taking sanctuary and now there were no such camps in Bangladesh. “As far as I know there are no such camps in Bangladesh,” he said.

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