Tripura: 12 Youths Join Banned Militant Outfit ‘NLFT-BM’; Assam Rifles’ Good Step Towards Surrendered Terrorists

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Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura

Agartala, April 24, 2023: Despite insurgency activities in Tripura have come to a standstill, but it is revealed that as many as 12 youths have been recruited as cadres in the National Liberation Front of Tripura-Biswa Mohan Group (NLFT-BM) from Dhalai district.

Under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2002, an insurgent group identified as NLFT was banned in 1997.

A source from the Intelligence department informed Northeast Today that the group of NLFT-PD (Parimal Debbarma) is having very few number of cadres while another group NLFT-BM started rebuilding its base by recruiting 12 youths from remote villages of Dhalai district.

A source informed Northeast Today “The banned militant outfit NLFT-BM’s strength is about 30 and their leaders are alleged to be mostly located in the hill tracts of Chittagong in Bangladesh. This group is making attempts to restructure its organization. Recently, the NLFT-BM group had organized a recruitment drive in Dhalai district and inducted 12 youths. The other group led by Parimal Debbarma is surviving with less numbers of cadres.”

Being asked about their activities in Tripura, the source said that the Biswa Mohan’s group is still operating its activities in Bangladesh’s Chittagong hill tracts, but this group’s activity was noticed in Tripura’s remote villages of Dhalai district.

“For several years, the banned militant outfit led by Biswa Mohan reeling under financial crisis. The security agencies’ personnel had noticed some movement of insurgents in the zero line shared by India and Bangladesh. Extortion notices were also served to the people living in remote hamlets of Dhalai district”, the source said.

Although Assam Rifles was reluctant to say anything, but in the meantime, a source also revealed that many cadres of these two groups had met with security agencies’ personnel including Assam Rifles for surrendering and come back to live a normal life.

However, the source from Assam Rifles shared that they are encouraging the cadres of banned militant outfits to lay down their arms and return back to their normal life.

“Many measures have been initiated for the surrendered terrorists in Tripura. In view of their old miserable houses, new houses are being constructed for those who have surrendered. Hence, this permanent solution for shelter may encourage others who are being derailed will come back to join the mainstream of their normal lives”, the source also added.

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