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Extradition treaty to facilitate Chetia`s release: B`desh MP

Last Updated: Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 21:44

Guwahati: The process for an extradition treaty between India and Bangladesh has commenced and once a pact is in place, it will facilitate the release of jailed ULFA leader Anup Chetia, a Bangladesh MP on Saturday said.

Moudud Ahmed, member of a visiting Bangladesh MPs team, said here that once the extradition treaty was signed, the exchange of prisoners or other wanted persons would be facilitated between the two neighbours.

"There is going to be an extradition treaty between the two nations soon and once that happens, whichever party is in power will have to abide by it," Ahmed, a representative of the country`s Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, told reporters.

"The treaty will enable Bangladesh to take over criminals that may have fled and taken shelter in India and vice-versa. ULFA `general secretary` Chetia`s handing over to India will also be facilitated by the treaty," he said.

Referring to the northeast insurgents taking shelter in their borders, the MPs delegation said Bangladesh was determined to ensure that the armed rebels do not return to set up camps again in their country.

Tofail Ahmed (ruling Awami League) said the militants issue that was among the various issues between the two countries had now been resolved.

"The militants have been sent back. The government of Bangladesh and the Opposition are interested to see that they do not sneak back into Bangladesh," he said, adding "Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is firm that militants will be given no shelter. The government has taken strong stand against militants using Bangladesh soil for terrorism."

The Bangladeshi delegation was here as part of its five-day visit to India.


First Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 21:44
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