ULFA leaders held in Bangladesh : India waits for confirmation

Bangladesh is yet to inform India on the arrest of two United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants from its soil.
“We have seen the reports in the newspapers (arrest of two ULFA militants in Bangladesh), but till now the Bangladesh authorities haven’t confirmed the arrests to India officially,” GK Pillai Union Home Secretary told Nagaland Post over the phone from New Delhi. If the reports were true then India would certainly ask Bangladesh to hand over the two ULFA fugitives to India to stand trail, Pillai said, “We will surely ask for their handover to India through proper diplomatic channels.”
Top United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leader Ranjan Chowdhury, whose arrest was announced by the Bangladesh authorities Saturday, had assumed a Muslim name, Masud Chowdhury, to evade detection and had been picked up by police six weeks ago, said a media report here Sunday.
Chowdhury had also married a local girl, a common trait among Indian militants who cross the border into Bangladesh to evade arrest.
Chowdhury was arrested and paraded before the media here Saturday. According to The New Nation, he “is probably the same Masud Ranjan Chowdhury” picked up by the police six weeks ago. He was arrested by plainclothes policemen June 6 from Rumpa Clinic in Mymensingh town where he was admitted after being injured.
At that time, police and the para-military Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) had denied the arrest, the paper said. But his wife Sabitri Sangma confirmed the arrest to media persons.
Unnamed sources told the newspaper that Chowdhury assumed the name, Masud Chowdhury, when he used to come out of the tribal areas of the border.
Chowdhury, alias Major Ranjan, 46, was caught along with his Bangladeshi aide Pradip Marak, 57, from his hideout at Lakshmipur village in Bhairab in northeastern Bangladesh.
Chowdhury’s arrest was the first “official announcement” made by Bangladesh authorities of the nabbing of an Indian militant leader, New Age newspaper said.
ULFA’s military wing chief Paresh Barua, believed to be in Bangladesh, has also married a Bangladeshi girl and goes by the name Zaman.

Source : NagalandPost

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