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ULFA leaders placed in 3 days police custody in B'desh: report

A Bangladeshi court today remanded two leaders of the banned separatist group ULFA in a three-day police custody after they were arrested in a pre-dawn raid in northern Kishoreganj district yesterday.

world Updated: Jul 18, 2010 18:53 IST

A Bangladeshi court today remanded two leaders of the banned separatist group ULFA in a three-day police custody after they were arrested in a pre-dawn raid in northern Kishoreganj district yesterday.

Ranjan Chowdhury (45) and Pradip Marak (55) were placed in a three-day remand by Kishoreganj Judicial
Magistrate Mohammad Ali Ahsan in an illegal firearms possession case, The Daily Star newspaper said today.

The elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) filed four separate cases, including one for possessing illegal firearms,
with Bhairab Police Station against them under the arms, explosives and anti-terrorism acts, Shahjahan Kabir,
officer-in-charge of the police station, was quoted as saying by the Bangladeshi daily.

They were arrested by Bangladeshi authorities from Bhairab town in a pre-dawn raid and recovered a sophisticated
pistol and bombs from their possession.

The separatist leaders of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) presented before the media yesterday.

RAB spokesman Lt Commander Mohammad Sohail told PTI that the arrests were made based on a secret tip off that
"several Indian trespassers" were staying at Bhairab, a commercial town, for long time.

He said both Chowdhury and Marak were waiting for a bus to travel to northern Sherpur district when they were
arrested.

During initial interrogation, Ranjan told the RAB officials that he hailed from Madhusolmari of Gauripur in
Assam's Dhubri district and that he joined the ULFA in 1988 and obtained three months of "military training", Sohail said.

"The ULFA leader went to Bhutan to meet ULFA's top military wing commander Paresh Barua in June 1995 and was
arrested by Indian security forces on his return home the next month," he said.

He was detained in Guwahati jail of Assam for a year and was released in 1996.

The arrest came as Dhaka is believed to have helped in the arrest of ULFA chief Arbinda Rajkhowa from Bangladesh
territory along with several accomplices and subsequently handed over to India.

Dhaka at that time declined the report of his arrest from Bangladesh and subsequent handing over to India.

Another ULFA stalwart Anup Chetia was arrested from the capital during the earlier 1996-2001 Awami League regime
and is still in "security custody" despite the expiry of his jail term for cross border intrusion.