Dhaka admits Lashkar,HuJI links; will hand over ULFA’s Chetia

Bangladesh has said that it has “mutually agreed” with India to hand over ULFA founder Anup Chetia,who has been lodged in a Bangladeshi jail since 1996.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: February 20, 2009 12:12 am

Bangladesh has said that it has “mutually agreed” with India to hand over ULFA founder Anup Chetia,who has been lodged in a Bangladeshi jail since 1996.

“We have mutually agreed on the handover,now we have to decide on the formalities of how to hand over,” Bangladesh’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud told CNN-IBN in Dhaka.

The mutual agreement “will also include handover of Bangladeshi criminals who have fled to India,” Mahmud was quoted as saying in a press release issued by the channel.

Mahmud also said the Bangladeshi extremist group Harkat-ul Jehad Islami (HuJI) has cross-border linkages with the Lashkar-e-Toiba and “other terror organizations”.

“…There are cross-border linkages of these terrorists,” the minister said. “Not only Lashkar and HuJI,but other terror organizations also. They trained in Afghanistan,they were in Pakistan,then they came here (in Bangladesh),” he said.

Mahmud accused the previous government of the Bangladesh National Party of “nurturing” terrorist groups like HuJI.

“Since 2001,the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami had ministers in their government who chanted slogans to turn Bangladesh into Afghanistan,” Mahmud said.

HuJI,he added,has activists in hideouts in Bangladesh,and the government was trying to locate them.

“Definitely,we are trying to find out their locations,” Mahmud said.

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