Agartala, Oct. 24: Banned NLFT militants are still running at least seven decrepit camps in the interior areas of Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bandarban district bordering Myanmar.
More than 6,000 rebels have surrendered before the state’s security forces over the past seven years, but despite efforts by the outfit to revive its organisation, the exodus continues. In fresh evidence of growing disillusionment of the rebels with their leadership and hard life in the forests, three militants surrendered before superintendent of police, Dhalai, Ratiranjan Debnath, last evening at Chhawmanu police station in Dhalai. They deposited an AK-56 assault rifle, a self-loading rifle (SLR), 180 bullets, six magazines and other accessories. One of the militants was accompanied by his wife and son.
Inspector-general (operations) Nepal Chandra Das said Chiron Tripura, 32, Mangal Mohan Tripura, 27, and Rudra Mohan Reang, 27, had fled the NLFT’s hideout in Mangalkarbari Para in Bandarban district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts on October 20 with arms and ammunition and trekked long distances across the hilly terrain before reaching the vicinity of Chhawmanu police station last morning.
The trio contacted SP (Dhalai) Ratiranjan Debnath on phone and expressed their desire to surrender. They were told that the surrender would take place at Chhawmanu police station in the evening.
The militants surrendered before the SP and deposited arms and ammunition. At the time of surrender, Chiron Tripura was accompanied by his wife, Binamangla, 26 and their six-year-old son Replica. Das said the surrendered militants would be sent to Kachucherra relief camp for surrendered militants for training in trades of their choice and subsequent rehabilitation. Police sources in Dhalai said in the course of primary interrogation, the surrendered rebels revealed that ever since the Awami League government came to power in 2009, all the outfits of the Northeast based there have been on the run.
As a result, most of them had left and the NLFT shifted its impoverished camps to remote areas of Bandarban district bordering Myanmar.