| Nayanbashi Jamatya after his surrender on Saturday. (PTI) |
Teliamura (Khowai district), Aug. 11: For Nayanbashi Jamatya, an energetic boy of Trishabari, an obscure village in newly created Khowai district, life has been full of adventure and tragedy.
As his father Ravi Jamatya was struggling to make ends meet for their family, the Class X dropout of Trishabari HS School joined Tripura State Rifles, one of the finest striking forces in the country as a rifleman. After 11 months of jungle warfare training, Nayanbashi was posted at Barmura thermal power plant, 8km from Teliamura, along with a strong contingent of jawans.
In mid-August 1993, he deserted the security post along with his SLR and several rounds of bullets and went to a hideout of the National Liberation Front of Tripura.
As he already had a good aim and was trained in guerrilla warfare, NLFT president Biswamohan Debbarma embraced him and offered him an important portfolio in the outfit, according to security analysts here. As a trusted lieutenant of the outfit’s president, Nayanbashi had proven his “skill” by executing several mass killings but this phase did not last long.
Following a major “misunderstanding” over the Christian-Hindu issue, Nayanbashi parted ways and floated a separate outfit, NLFT (N) with 130 followers in 1998. He was then on a rampage, wreaking havoc in different parts of the state.
However, his armed struggle for “independent Tripura” did not last long. After the regime changed in Bangla-desh, Nayanbashi was forced to initiate peace talks with the Centre in 2004.
Unfortunately, he could not make any headway in the peace talks, as the Centre had rejected his condition of becoming Tripura’s chief minister. He then returned to Bangladesh in 2005.
Bangladesh police then arrested him at Moulavi Bazar district. After languishing in a Bangladesh jail for eight years, he was handed over to the Rapid Action Battalion, an elite force of the country. After a few months, the force threw him in a jungle in Bangladesh but he could not recall the exact date or time, according to a police officer, who initially interrogated him shortly after he surrendered.
During preliminary interrogation, the once dreaded criminal confessed that he had to struggle a lot to reach his home, Trishabari, through Malda in Bengal and Guwahati in Assam.
“Nayanbashi repents over his fate. He wants to surrender so that he can survive with minimum dignity,” Janshi Rani Jamatya, the first wife of the rebel leader said at Teliamura police station last night. She met her husband for the first time since 2004. Janshi was accompanied by their son, Roshan, who is a Class XII student of Teliamura Higher Secondary School.