ULFA `foreign`, `finance` secretaries granted bail

Two top ULFA leaders -- `foreign secretary` Sasha Choudhury and `finance secretary` Chitraban Hazarika -- were granted bail today by a special TADA court paving the way for their release.

Last Updated: Jan 10, 2011, 21:05 PM IST

Guwahati: Two top ULFA leaders --
`foreign secretary` Sasha Choudhury and `finance secretary`
Chitraban Hazarika -- were granted bail today by a special
TADA court paving the way for their release.

Choudhury was granted bail in four TADA cases pending
against him while there were three cases against Hazarika in
which he was given bail.

The duo was likely to be released on Monday.

The rebel group`s `chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa was
released on January one.

Choudhury and Hazarika were arrested in Bangladesh in
November 2009 and were handed over to Indian authorities. They
are lodged in Guwahati Central Jail.

Besides Rajkhowa, other jailed ULFA leaders who were
released on bail include `advisor` Bhimakanta Buragohain,
`vice chairman` Pradip Gogoi, `deputy commander-in-chief` Raju
Barua, `publicity secretary` Mithinga Daimary and `cultural
secretary` Pranati Deka.

The ULFA leaders have been released after the
government decided not to oppose their bail application to
facilitate the process of peace talks between the group and
the government.

PTI