ULFA Chairman Rajkhowa held in Bangladesh, flown to Delhi
Top ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa was on Wednesday pushed back by Bangladesh authorities into Tripura where he surrendered to security forces and flown to New Delhi. Who is Rajkhowa?india Updated: Dec 03, 2009 01:46 IST
Top ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa was on Wednesday pushed back by Bangladesh authorities into Tripura where he surrendered to security forces and flown to New Delhi.
Another top northeast insurgent leader of banned National Liberation Front of Tripura Biswa Mohan Deb Barma has also been detained by the authorities in Bangladesh.
<b1>Rajkhowa (53), who was held in Dhaka on Monday, was pushed back by Bangladesh authorities at an undisclosed place in West Tripura district bordering Bangladesh, intelligence sources said in Agartala adding he surrendered there to Indian security forces and taken to New Delhi by a flight from the Tripura capital late this evening.
A couple of other persons were also taken to Delhi along with Rajkhowa who could be lower rung leaders of ULFA, said the sources. However, their identity could not be ascertained.
Asked about NLFT chief Biswa Mohan Deb Barma who had also been detained in Dhaka, the sources said he did not accompany Rajkhowa in the flight to Delhi.
Top government sources in New Delhi said Rajkhowa was picked up by sleuths of Bangladeshi security agencies and kept in a secured location in Dhaka while Deb Barma was detained in the southeastern port city of Chittagong.
National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said earlier in the day that if at all Rajkhowa is arrested, he would probably surrender first.
Sources said Rajkhowa's wife Kaberi Kachari and their two sons were placed under house arrest in Dhaka. The detention of Rajkhowa, charged with waging war against India, in Bangladesh and his handing over to India came as a major boost to cooperation with India on security front ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's official visit to New Delhi later this month.
Home Minister P Chidambaram said in Parliament that he was expecting a political statement from ULFA in the next few days and if it offers talks, the government will accept it provided the outfit abjures violence and gives up the demand
The ULFA chairman, who has been out of India for the last 17 years, is reportedly in favour of dialogue with the central
government while ULFA armed wing head Paresh Barua, who is believed to be in Malaysia, has been against any type of talks with the Indian government except on the issue of sovereignty.
Rajkhowa is among five people who founded the separatist group on April 7, 1979. Two other top ULFA leaders Chitrabon Hazarika and Sasha Choudhury were detained in Bangladesh last month and subsequently handed over to India.
The arrest of Rajkhowa assumes significance as it came ahead of Hasina's visit to India when India and Bangladesh are
expected to sign three treaties, including transfer of sentenced prisoners. The pacts were finalized during the
three-day meeting of Home Secretaries of the two countries which concluded in New Delhi on Wednesday.
ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia has been in a Bangladesh jail since 1998 and the treaty will facilitate his
handing over to India.