ULFA leaders meet Home Secretary in Delhi

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New Delhi, Nov 24 (ANI): The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders met Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi here on Tuesday, weeks after Bangladesh handed over the organisation’s founder Anup Chetia to New Delhi. Chetia, who founded the ULFA more than three decades was been imprisoned in Bangladesh for the last 18 years after being charged with staying in the country illegally and unlawful possession of foreign currencies. He completed a seven-year sentence but was kept in a jail on the outskirts of Dhaka, as India and Bangladesh, where he had applied for political asylum, struggled to agree to the terms for his extradition. Meanwhile, the ULFA leaders held consultations with Mehrishi to find a way forward for a peace accord, ahead of 2016 assembly polls in northeastern Assam state. As per reports, a possible peace agreement will allow ULFA leaders to contest the elections. But the separatists demanded that Chetia be included in future talks. India’s junior Interior Minister Kiren Rijiju said the discussions with the group were peaceful and fruitful. The ULFA is one of the largest of the many rebel groups active in India’s restive northeast, a remote and underdeveloped region that is home to dozens of ethnic groups, many of whom are campaigning for greater autonomy, state

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