India to ask Dhaka to Dhaka to dismantle militant camps

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Shillong, Mar 09 (UNI) India will ask Bangladesh to launch a military crackdown against insurgents and deport ULFA 'general secretary' Anup Chetia and other ultras based in that country, a senior official said here today.

The BSF would reiterate India's longstanding demand during the four-day biennial conference of senior BSF and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) officials, that begins here tomorrow.

''We will hand over a list of Indian militant camps and hideouts of various outfits operating in the Northeast located deep inside Bangladesh and seek BDR's cooperation to bust them,'' Inspector General of BSF (Assam-Meghalaya) Frontier, P K Mishra told UNI here.

BDR Deputy Director General Brigadier General M A Bari will lead the ten-member BDR team, while the BSF delegation will be headed by Inspector General for the Cachar-Mizoram frontiers, Himmat Singh.

Mr Mishra and J A Khan will assist Mr Singh at the talks on deportation of Anup Chetia and other insurgent leaders, Mr Sinha said adding that issues ranging from illegal transshipment of arms and ammunition from Bangladesh to India will also be on the agenda.

The ULFA leader alias Chetia is under detention in Dhaka jail after being arrested on December 21, 1997. He charged under illegal entery into Bangladesh using a forged passport, possession of illegal foreign currency from 16 different countries along with huge arms and a satellite phone.

The Bangladesh government has repeatedly denied any presence of guerrilla bases inside its territory, despite New Delhi on several occasions submitting fresh list of militant's camps and hideouts belonging to ULFA, NSCN (IM), NDFB, UNLF, PLA, KLO, KYKL, and NLFT set up in that country.

India and Bangladesh share a 4,095 km border with more than half falling within the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.


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