ULFA leader arrested in Bangladesh
Bangladesh today arrested ULFA leader Ranju Chowdhury from a northern district, months after the chief of the separatist outfit Arbinda Rajkhowa was handed over to Indian authorities.
Dhaka: Bangladesh today arrested ULFA
leader Ranju Chowdhury from a northern district, months after
the chief of the separatist outfit Arbinda Rajkhowa was handed
over to Indian authorities.
Ranju Chowdhury alias Rattan Sarkar, a leader of the
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was arrested from
northern Mymensingh district, local sources said.
The elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)
troops arrested Chowdhury as he was being treated at a health
facility in Mymensingh, local newsmen familiar with the case
said on phone.
Chowdury hailed from Shilchar in Asom but was hiding
in Bangladesh as his in laws are based in the frontier Sherpur
district in northern Bangladesh.
RAB officials, however, declined to confirm the report
with its chief Hasan Mahmud Khondker saying "I have no idea".
"We have heard that he (Chowdhury) has been arrested
but have nothing in details to tell you. RAB has not informed
us..." a senior official of Mymensingh police said.
The report came months after Dhaka is believed to have
extended hands to India in capturing ULFA chief Rajkhowa.
Rajkhowa was reportedly picked up from Bangladeshi
territory along with several accomplices as he was hiding in
Dhaka had at that time declined the report of his
arrest and his subsequent handing over to India.
Another ULFA stalwart Anup Chetia was arrested from
Dhaka during the past 1996-2001 Awami League regime and still
is in "security custody" despite the expiry of his jail term
for cross border intrusion.