Saturday, February 26, 2005

Bangladesh extends Anup Chetia’s custody


Top sources in Bangladesh said that the petitions were filed to thwart India gaining custody of Chetia, exploiting the absence of an extradition treaty between the two countries, and today, Dhaka’s central prison authority did not obtain the release note at the intervention of the home ministry. Legal experts in India have slammed Bangladesh’s decision to extend Chetia’s custody, saying no court has ordered this since there is no pending criminal case against him, and an official added that once he had served the sentence for illegal entry, the ULFA terrorist leader had to be handed over to India.


Bangladesh extends Anup Chetia’s custody

25 February 2005: ULFA founding general secretary Anup Chetia completed his seven-year-three-month term in a Bangladesh jail today, but the government has not released him, on the grounds that two separate petitions before the high court claim a threat to his life, and seeks asylum in the country or deportation to another barring India.

A Dhaka-based human-rights group, Manobadhikar Bastobayon Sangstha, is providing legal and campaign assistance to Chetia, who was sent to jail with ULFA gunners Laxmi Prasad Goswami and Babul Sharma after being picked up from an ULFA transit camp in Shymali area in Dhaka for illegal entry into Bangladesh.

Top sources in Bangladesh said that the petitions were filed to thwart India gaining custody of Chetia, exploiting the absence of an extradition treaty between the two countries, and today, Dhaka’s central prison authority did not obtain the release note at the intervention of the home ministry.

Legal experts in India have slammed Bangladesh’s decision to extend Chetia’s custody, saying no court has ordered this since there is no pending criminal case against him, and an official added that once he had served the sentence for illegal entry, the ULFA terrorist leader had to be handed over to India.

Indian pressure so far in this direction has failed, because Bangladesh is in no mood to hand him over.