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No ULFA insurgent, hotel on our soil: Bangladesh

Response to claim by the BSF IG

Haroon Habib

DHAKA: The Bangladesh police have claimed that there is no United Liberation Front of Asom insurgent in the country, nor is the banned outfit operating any bank account or hotels there.

"There are no ULFA insurgents in Bangladesh," Additional Inspector- General Anwarul Iqbal told a press briefing here.

On June 3, S.C. Srivastava, Border Security Force's Inspector-General, said in Shillong that the ULFA ran seven hotels and operated three bank accounts in Bangladesh.

`Not proved'

Asked about the killing of six Indian militants by a joint force after a recent encounter in Moulvibazar district bordering Bangladesh, Mr. Iqbal said: "It has not been proved that they are ULFA insurgents."

PTI quoted Mr. Srivastava as saying the ULFA had been running hotels of international standard in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. He gave the names of the hotels and the men who were running them. He claimed that three bank accounts of ULFA members had been traced in Dhaka, Sylhet, and Chittagong.

Anther PTI report said the BSF had in the meanwhile ruled out providing additional information on the business enterprises or bank accounts operated by the ULFA, as sought by Dhaka.

"We had checked and cross-checked the information on the ULFA running hotels and operating bank accounts before releasing it," Mr. Srivastava told PTI.

"It is for the Bangladesh police to find out."

"Why should they (Bangladesh police) accept it? The BSF had earlier given Bangladesh a list of 197 militant camps existing on its soil. It is also well known they (the authorities) are managing those camps," the IGP claimed.

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