Dhaka – Bangladeshi Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Kamal said Bangladesh on Wednesday, handed over a jailed Indian rebel leader nearly two decades after he was arrested over a cross border intrusion.
Anup Chetia, who has been fighting for the liberation of Indian north eastern state of Assam, was handed to the Indian authorities along with two of his associates.
Police arrested Chetia, a founding member of banned United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), and its general secretary, on Dec. 21, 1997.
He was sentenced to seven years in jail in Bangladesh for cross border intrusion, carrying fake passports and illegally keeping foreign currencies.
Kamal said Chetia was repatriated according to the law as his jail term was completed in 2007.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
The Indian rebel leader sought political asylum in Bangladesh in 2005, 2008 and in 2011, while New Delhi wanted him to be repatriated.
He was in a Bangladeshi jail for eight additional years after a High Court asked the authorities to keep the Indian leader in safe custody until his asylum plea was settled. (dpa/NAN)