New Delhi: Giving a boost to burgeoning security cooperation, India and Bangladesh on Monday decided to expedite the signing of an extradition treaty that would facilitate the handing over of ULFA leader Anup Chetia and operationalise a slew of pacts already agreed upon.
New Delhi, in turn, assured Dhaka that it will leave “no stone unturned” to track down and hand over the killers of the architect of Bangladesh’s independence Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The two sides agreed to finalise the extradition treaty, which has been in discussion for some time now, at an early date.
Union home secretary R. K. Singh (L) with his Bangladesh counterpart Monzur Hossain after signing an agreeement during the 12th home secretaries Level Talks in New Delhi on Monday. PTI
“The draft (extradition treaty) has been shared and we are going through it. We are scrutinising it,” India’s home secretary R K Singh said at a joint press conference with his Bangladesh counterpart Monzur Hossain after a two-day meeting of the Joint Working Group on Security.
Replying to a question on the issue, Hossain said the pact will be signed “at the earliest. That is our position with utmost sincerity”.
Chetia, the ULFA General Secretary, has served his sentence in a Bangladeshi jail since his arrest there in 1997 on the charge of entering the country without valid documents.
A joint statement issued after the JWG meeting said the two countries agreed to put into operation Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), transfer of sentenced persons, Agreement on Combating Organised Crime and Illegal Drug Trafficking. (