Jerai Gaon, Tinsukia, Assam
|Other names||Sunil Barua, Bhaijan or Ahmed|
|7 years imprisonment|
|Conviction(s)||Illegally entering Bangladesh using a forged passport,
Possession of illegal foreign currency from 16 different countries,
The illegal possession of arms.
Anup Chetia (Assamese: অনুপ চেতীয়া) (real name Golap Baruah also known as Sunil Baruah, Bhaijan or Ahmed) is the General Secretary of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom in Assam. He is also one of the founder leaders of the group. He was born at Jerai Gaon in Tinsukia district of Assam.
Chetia was first arrested in March, 1991 in Assam but was released by then Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia. Later on December 21, 1997 he was again arrested in Dhaka under the Foreigners Act and the Passports Act for illegally carrying foreign currencies and a satellite phone. He was sentenced to seven years of imprisonment by a Bangladeshi court and was being held at Kashimpur Jail in the outskirts of Dhaka.
Chetia was charged with:
- Illegally entering Bangladesh using a forged passport
- Possession of illegal foreign currency from 16 different countries
- Illegal possession of arms.
He was also a wanted by the Assam Police for various cases including killing, kidnapping and extortion.
Since his arrest in 1997, the Government of India has asked Bangladesh to extradite Chetia. The request was refused by Bangladesh on the ground that the two countries do not have an extradition treaty. However, India is still hopeful that the Sheikh Hasina government would accede to the request in view of its tough resolve against terrorism.
Seeking Political Asylum
On December 7, 2008, Chetia had written to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees urging it to grant him refugee status and political asylum in Bangladesh. In a letter to António Guterres, head of the Geneva based UNHCR, Chetia pleaded that he had already completed seven years of imprisonment and hence was no longer a convict to be held in a jail. ULFA also appealed for political asylum in a safe country.
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