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Two top Ulfa leaders in BSF custody.

TWO leaders of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom ( Ulfa) have " surrendered" before the Border Security Force ( BSF) on Friday along the Tripura border.

It was claimed that Ulfa " foreign secretary" Sashadhar Choudhury and " finance secretary" Chitrabon Hazarika independently fled their hideout in Dhaka to avoid arrest but there had been reports that they were " handed over" to India by the neighbouring country.

The Bangladeshi authorities reportedly captured them on Wednesday. Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa managed to slip away hours before Bangladeshi security forces raided three locations in Dhaka, sources said.

The Bangladesh government has renewed its crackdown against Ulfa in the runup to PM Sheikh Hasina's visit to Delhi later this year.

But a BSF official in Tripura said the Ulfa duo was spotted by the troops when they were trying to enter the country.

They were forced to surrender at Gokulnagar along the Indo- Bangladesh border.

The BSF said they would be handed over to Assam Police.

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Date:Nov 7, 2009
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