This undated picture shows Anup Kumar Chetia (C), leader of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), surrounded by Bangladeshi police as he comes at Dhaka's court. Chetia, an Indian insurgent leader, who was arrested in Bangladesh in 1997, is convicted by a Dhaka court and sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 5,000 taka (92 USD) for illegal possession of foregin currencies from 16 countries, 18 February 2001. The ULFA, Assam's frontline militant group are fighting for a homeland in the oil-rich state of India bordering Bangladesh. (FILM) AFP PHOTO
This undated picture shows Anup Kumar Chetia (C), leader of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), surrounded by Bangladeshi police as he comes at Dhaka's court. Chetia, an Indian insurgent leader, who was arrested in Bangladesh in 1997, is convicted by a Dhaka court and sentenced to three years in prison and a fine of 5,000 taka (92 USD) for illegal possession of foregin currencies from 16 countries, 18 February 2001. The ULFA, Assam's frontline militant group are fighting for a homeland in the oil-rich state of India bordering Bangladesh. (FILM) AFP PHOTO

Guwahati : Anup Chetia, the self-styled general secretary of insurgent group United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) who was extradited from Bangladesh in November, walked out of jail on Thursday after the Guwahati High Court granted him bail.

The founder general secretary of ULFA said he would soon leave for his home in Jeraigaon in Tinsukia district.

Lodged in the Guwahati Central Jail since November 23, Chetia’s release became evident after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted a no objection certificate to the high court on his bail petition on Wednesday.

The Guwahati High court on Thursday granted him bail on the condition that he would not leave the country without prior permission from the court and that he would not hamper the investigation.

The court had earlier granted him bail in three cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) (TADA) Act.

The court, however, asked Chetia to be present in the court on December 28.

Leaders of the ULFA’s pro-talk faction, including Sashadhar Choudhury and Raju Baruah, went to the jail and whisked Chetia away to an undisclosed location.

“It is a happy moment to be here after so many years in jail. I feel there is a need for a united democratic struggle with all the tribes and communities of Assam to secure the identity of the Assamese people,” Chetia told reporters outside the jail.

“I have spent half my life while fighting for the cause of Assam and its people. I shall look forward to work for the people of Assam in the days to come together with all the people and leaders of different organisations,” he read from a prepared statement.

Chetia, who was arrested in Bangladesh in 1997 for entering the country on fake documents, possessing illegal foreign currency and arms, was languishing in different jails in the country since then.

Last month, he was deported to India.

On his arrival in New Delhi, the CBI arrested him for a murder that took place in 1988.­­­                                    – IANS

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