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8 Tripura employees abducted

Agartala, April 10: Militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) today abducted eight state government employees and seriously injured the manager of Tripura Gramin Bank in an ambush not far from the state capital.

Police sources said Bikash Debbarma, manager of the Tripura Gramin Bank’s Jampui Jala branch, and some of his colleagues and employees of the panchayat department were returning to Agartala from Jampui Jala when the vehicle in which they were travelling came under fire from militants at Belbari.

Debbarma and Shibu Chakraborty, handyman of the vehicle, were injured in the firing. After the jeep came to a halt, the militants abducted the other 10 passengers. Two of them, Pradip Pal and Pradip Ghosh,however, escaped from the clutches of the militants.

The injured bank manager and the handyman were found lying on the road by a team of police personnel from Takarjala and Jirania. Both were rushed to the G.B. Hospital here.

The eight persons who were abducted have been identified as Kanu Ranjan Biswas, Sukumar Saha, Amulya Debbarma, Vikram Debbarma, Swapan Bhusan Roy, Adhir Mazumdar, Mahadeb Sil and Snehasish Deb. The first four are employees of the Tripura Gramin Bank, while the next three are panchayat secretaries. Deb is the driver of the vehicle that was attacked.

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