'Bangladesh will not allow insurgency to flourish'
Bangladesh will not allow insurgency and terrorism to flourish on its soil and has sent back many Indian insurgents who had taken shelter in that country, said a parliamentarian from that country.
"Under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, insurgency activities by those who had taken shelter in Bangladesh has totally come down, and many insurgents we have sent back," said Awami League MP Tofail Ahmed here Friday.
"There is no sign of any insurgency in Bangladesh," said Ahmed, addressing the media at the India n Women's Press Corps.
He said the issue was discussed between the prime ministers of both countries, Manmohan Singh and Sheikh Hasina, and also with opposition leader Khaleda Zia during her visit to India.
"We both are totally united on this - that we will not allow insurgency and terrorism in our country," said Ahmed.
After the Awami League came to power in January 2009, a large number of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders including Arabinda Rajkhowa, Raju Baruah, Shoshodhar Chowdhury, Chitraban Hazarika and Progoti Deka were handed over to Indian authorities along with their wives and children.
Though Bangladesh authorities did not officially confirm the handing over, the ULFA leaders were shown to have been arrested within the Bangladesh-India border by the Indian Border Security Force.
The two countries are currently negotiating ways to hand over top ULFA leader Anup Chetia, who is in a Bangladesh jail. India-Bangladesh Home Secretary-level talks were held in Dhaka in October during which Home Secretary R.K. Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Manjur Hussain discussed issues related to infiltration, smuggling of goods and human trafficking.