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Students, farmer abducted

Agartala, Nov. 21: Rebels of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) abducted three persons, including two school students, last night from two villages in Tripura’s Dhalai district.

The outfit, which has become a thorn in the administration’s side in the run-up to the Assembly elections because of its stepped-up activities in the hilly interiors of the state bordering Bangladesh, last night kidnapped two school students from Purbasingpara and a farmer from Deshraipara, both remote villages under Raisyabari police station of Dhalai district.

Police sources said at least 35 indigenous families from the two villages had left the villages and taken shelter in the Ganacherra subdivisional headquarters after facing extortion threats from the NLFT.

The director-general of police (operation), Nepal Chandra Das, said around 11.30 last night, 12 armed NLFT rebels stormed Purabsingpara village, broke into the house of local shopkeeper, Biswamohan Tripura, 39, and kidnapped his son Karendra Tripura, 16, at gunpoint. “When Biswamohan tried to argue with the militants, they beat him up. Next, they stormed Biswamohan’s neighbour, Jogaram Tripura’s house and kidnapped his son, Tirtharam Tripura, 15. Both boys are Class IX students in Raisyabari High School.” He said the group then abducted the farmer, Shubhamoy Tripura, 48, before crossing over to the Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh.

“Police and TSR jawans were rushed to the two villages within an hour from Raisyabari police station but since the hostages had been taken across the border, nothing could be done to rescue them. This morning, Gandacherra sub-divisional police officer Chandra Kumar Debbarma spoke to the affected families. According to our information, the parents of the two students and the farmer had ignored the outfit’s extortion notices,” Das said. He said security had been beefed up in the interior areas of the state in view of the NLFT’s stepped-up activities.

Death sentence

One Arjun Biswas of Sukanta Pally village under Manu Bazar police station of South Tripura’s Sabroom sub-division was sentenced to death yesterday by district and sessions judge Gautam Debnath. Biswas was convicted of murdering his father, Niranjan , mother Soma and wife Kona in October 2010 over a financial dispute.