India says Bangladesh has handed over a jailed Indian rebel leader whose group has been fighting to free the northeastern Indian state of Assam from New Delhi's rule.

Kiren Rijiju, India's junior home minister, says Anup Chetia, a leader of the United Liberation Front of Assam, was being brought to India from Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, by a team of Indian federal investigators. He spoke to reporters on Wednesday.

Chetia was arrested along with two associates in December 1997 in Dhaka. They were charged with illegally staying in Bangladesh and possessing fake passports, unauthorized foreign currencies and a satellite phone.

However, Bangladesh's Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Wednesday he had no information that Chetia was being handed over to India as claimed by Rijiju.