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2 NLFT rebels held in Agartala

Agartala, Aug. 2: Two militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) were arrested here last night.

Jyotish Debbarma, 32, and Indrajay Reang, 30, were arrested from a rented house in Krishna Nagar locality by the Assam Rifles. A third militant, Durbajay Reang, 28, had fled before the paramilitary force swooped on the house.

The rebels were handed over to West Agartala police. They were remanded in five-day police custody by the judicial magistrate’s court today.

The officer-in-charge of West Agartala police station, Milan Dutta, said the rebels are being interrogated by officers of the special branch of state police.

Sources in the special branch said Debbarma and Reang had crossed over into South Tripura from Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh last week and were staying in the town to select targets for extortion and abduction.

A senior official of the special branch said a large amount of fake currency and incriminating documents were recovered from them.

The sources said the special branch (intelligence wing) of state police had received reports saying NLFT militants have started infiltrating urban areas for extortion and abductions, as the going was tough in the hilly interiors because of the presence of Tripura State Rifles. In Bangladesh, too, the government was against them.

NLFT bosses like Biswamohan Debbarma, Tapan Koloi and Asish Reang are beyond the reach of ordinary cadres who are bearing the brunt of the problems.

“Most of the NLFT cadres languishing in the hilly areas of Bangladesh are keen to return home and surrender but they do not want to return without arms for fear of missing rehabilitation benefits,” the official said, quoting the two arrested rebels.

The official said with Independence Day around the corner, security would be beefed up in the state.

“A foolproof security dragnet will be in place. We cannot take chances after the serial bomb blasts here in October 2008,” he added.


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