| NLFT leader Nayanbashi Jamatia after his surrender. Telegraph picture |
Agartala, Aug. 10: Nayanbashi Jamatia, alias Nakbar, a self-styled leader of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), has surrendered before police at Teliamura, official sources confirmed here today.
An ailing Nayanbashi, wanted for several killings, sneaked into Indian territory at Teliamura in newly-created Khowai district through Malda border in West Bengal around four days back.
From Teliamura, he went to his home at Trishabari, 8km from Teliamura police station yesterday. Last night, Nayanbashi’s elder brother took him to the sub-divisional police officer (Teliamura) Chandan Saha where he surrendered.
“Nayanbashi Jamatia surrendered before police at Teliamura on Friday night and he was taken to joint interrogation cell for interrogation by the sleuths,” inspector-general (police control) N.C. Das said here.
The wanted criminal with Rs 1 lakh prize money on his head, had been untraced ever since he opted out of peace talks with the Centre in 2005.
After failure of negotiations, Nayanbashi had reportedly left the camp and returned to Bangladesh and started an armed struggle for a “free Tripura”.
His followers, including Ananta Debbarma and Bhuchuk Borok, stayed behind, because of which his new group has been suffering from shortage of cadre and cash crisis.
The NLFT, one of the frontline outfits in the Northeast, suffered a split after infighting on Bangladesh soil in 2001. Nearly 130 cadres formed a new group headed by Nayanbashi. His effort to revive his “own outfit” failed because of financial crisis as well as the proactive stand taken by the Bangladesh authorities. Another top-level rebel leader, Ranjit Debbarma, a self-styled president of the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF), is now in judicial remand after he was arrested along the India-Bangladesh border early this year.
Now, only one top rebel leader Biswamohan Debbarma, the self-styled president of National Liberation Front of Tripura, is moving around in Bangladesh or Myanmar, according to intelligence inputs.
“A major chapter of Tripura’s insurgency will be closed if Biswamohan is netted and hopefully that day is not far,” said a top police officer requesting anonymity.