New Delhi, Nov 11: After 17 long years, India has finally managed to get key ULFA leader Anup Chetia. The ULFA leader was extradited to India on Wednesday, Nov 11 from Bangladesh. He has been handed over to the Indian agencies who will now question him.
The National Investigation Agency which is probing all cases relating to terrorism in North East is likely to get his custody where he will be probed in-depth.
Chetia has been in a jail at Dhaka, Bangladesh for the past 17 years. Two months back, Bangladesh had indicated to India that he would be extradited soon.
Chetia, ULFA's founder general secretary was arrested in Bangladesh in 1997. Despite having completed his jail term he was in jail due to a Bangladeshi high court directive to keep him in safe custody until the government made a decision on his plea seeking political asylum in Bangladesh.
However, India has been asking Bangaldesh to extradite him as he is wanted in several crimes in India. His extradition comes as a major boost for the NIA which is probing cases against the ULFA and several other militant groups in the North Eastern States.
The ULFA in particular has been problematic for India and Assam in particular. India is even speaking with the authorities in the United Kingdom to extradite some ULFA leaders who have sought shelter over there. This issue is likely to be broached when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the UK.