New Delhi: India has asked Bangladesh to
deport outlawed ULFA leader Anup Chetia, whose jail term is
going to end soon, and hopes the Sheikh Hasina government
would accede to the request in view of its tough resolve
Chetia, whose real name is Golap Baruah, has been in jail
since his arrest in Dhaka in January 1998 from Shyamoli
area under the Foreigners Act and the Passports Act.
"His (Chetia`s) jail term is coming to an end shortly and
India has asked Bangladesh to send him here after that," a
Bangladesh has so far not given any response but India is
hopeful that it would accede to the request considering the
new government`s resolve to root out terrorism and the new
impetus being imparted to bilateral ties.
Chetia has been seeking political asylum in Bangladesh or
deportation to any country other than India but those
petitions are pending.
New Delhi is of the view that deportation of Chetia would
be a major confidence-building measure at a time when the two
countries are working to give a push to their ties.
As part of efforts to give fillip to bilateral ties,
Hasina is expected to undertake a visit here later this year.
Prior to that, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni will be
here in the first week of next month to lay the ground for
Both India and Bangladesh are working to address their
differences and promote cooperation in a wide range of areas,
including commerce, railways and power.
The Tipaimukhi dam in Manipur that has become a
controversial issue recently with some sections in Bangladesh
opposing it is showing indications of a resolution.
India has sought to allay apprehensions and "dispel
misinformation" in Bangladesh by furnishing data and views of
experts, sources said.
A Bangladeshi team, comprising Parliamentarians,
representatives of Ministries of Power and Water Resources and
technical experts, had recently visited India and were
provided all details about the 1500MW power project being
constructed on Barak river in Manipur.
A presentation was made to the delegation detailing how
the project would not affect Bangladesh`s interests but on the
contrary benefit it by supplementing irrigation facilities and
helping control flood, the sources said.
The delegation was apprised how the project would not
result in diversion of water nor affect seismic balance, as is
being feared by some sections in Bangladesh.
India is also ready to consider "sensitively" issues
relating to tariffs on goods from Bangladesh.
India has already made a provision for duty-free import
of eight million pieces of garments from Bangladesh.
Benefits under the Least Developed Country (LDC) are also
being extended to Bangladesh, as a result of which the list of
sensitive items for import has been pruned considerably.