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Pranab to hold talks with Bangladesh on ultra issue

india Updated: Feb 03, 2009 06:15 IST

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External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will hold talks with the new Bangladesh Government on the issue of flushing out the ultras operating from there, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Monday.

"I had discussions with Pranab Mukherjee and he has assured me to take up the issue of flushing out the ultras from Bangladesh during his upcoming visit there. Our government had already given Bangladesh the list of camps there," Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati.

"Without flushing out the militants from the camps locally supported there by HuJI and others, it is very difficult for us to tackle law and order here," Gogoi said.

"In Bangladesh, there are 16 ULFA and NDFB camps, including five major camps and transit camps located at Serapur, Moulabi bazar, Chittagong and Kachari district," he said.

"Ten top ranking ULFA leaders were in the camps. They had big business in that country," he added.

The Chief Minister said that the Centre had assured to sent additional 17 companies of security forces and extend help for modernisation of the police force and their equipment.

On extending ceasefire with the militants, he said that the militant groups would have to follow the ground rules, including surrender of arms, abjuring violnece and staying in the designated camps.

The groups also would not be allowed to collect donations as the government would bear their expenses. Besides, their top leaders would have to talk to the government, he said.