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Govt may allow pro-talk ULFA to meet Chetia

By R Dutta Choudhury
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GUWAHATI, June 25 � A group of senior leaders of the pro-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have applied for passports and the Government of India is likely to facilitate the visit of one of them to Bangladesh to meet the ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia soon.

Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the passport applications of the pro-talk ULFA leaders are now under �consideration� of the Government of India. However, the Government is likely to clear their applications so that they can obtain passports.

Sources said that if the pro-talk ULFA leaders travel to a foreign country with valid documents, they would be forced to return and �the Government as well as the security agencies do not apprehend that they would go into hiding in any foreign country.� It may be mentioned here that earlier the leaders of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA had travelled to foreign countries illegally and majority of the senior leaders were apprehended in foreign countries including Bangladesh and Bhutan before they were handed over to India.

Sources said that the issue of sending one leader of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA to Bangladesh to have talks with Anup Chetia would be discussed in the next round of meeting with the outfit scheduled for June 29.

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Govt may allow pro-talk ULFA to meet Chetia

GUWAHATI, June 25 � A group of senior leaders of the pro-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have applied for passports and the Government of India is likely to facilitate the visit of one of them to Bangladesh to meet the ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia soon.

Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that the passport applications of the pro-talk ULFA leaders are now under �consideration� of the Government of India. However, the Government is likely to clear their applications so that they can obtain passports.

Sources said that if the pro-talk ULFA leaders travel to a foreign country with valid documents, they would be forced to return and �the Government as well as the security agencies do not apprehend that they would go into hiding in any foreign country.� It may be mentioned here that earlier the leaders of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA had travelled to foreign countries illegally and majority of the senior leaders were apprehended in foreign countries including Bangladesh and Bhutan before they were handed over to India.

Sources said that the issue of sending one leader of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA to Bangladesh to have talks with Anup Chetia would be discussed in the next round of meeting with the outfit scheduled for June 29.

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