ULFA founder Anup Chetia released from Guwahati Jail

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The leader of the banned group ULFA, Anup Chetia, was released from the Guwahati Central Jail hours after he was granted bail in the last of the four cases registered against him.

Chetia will, however, not be allowed to leave Assam without the court’s permission.

His advocate Bijon Mahajan said,”The court granted the bail with conditions that Chetia cannot hamper the process of investigation and he cannot leave the jurisdiction of the Special Judicial Magistrate without prior permission.”

Chetia said, “Half of my life I have spent fighting for people and my community. Now the rest of my life I look forward to working for socio-cultural development, peace and progress of the Assamese society.”

He later invited media to visit his birthplace Dergaon in Assam.

He was handed over to the Indian authorities and will be brought to New Delhi on 11 November.

Chetia, a founder member of ULFA, was arrested by the Bangladesh forces under the Foreigners and Passport Act and faces several other charges including possession of arms and currencies of 16 different countries. In Assam, the rebel faces several charges of extortion and murders.

“Chetia deportation work has been completed and he will be brought to New Delhi today (Wednesday),” said a source in the home ministry.

“Chetia deportation work has been completed and he will be brought to New Delhi today (Wednesday). It is not sure if he will be handed over to the CBI or the Assam Police, who had arrested him in 1991 but later released,” said a source in the home ministry.

 Chetia had written to the UN for political asylum in Bangladesh on December 7, 2008. However, the request was declined.

 

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