Tripura Police on January 1 late night arrested three insurgents of outlawed National Liberation Front Tripura (NLFT) with arms, ammunition and some documents from two railway stations in North Tripura district, around 180 km from state capital Agartala.
North Tripura District Superintendent of Police (SP) Bhanupada Chakraborty said, “Acting on a tip-off, police raided Panisagar railway station and arrested Samprai Debbarma of Mandwi village of West Tripura and Kanti Marak of Khedacherra in North Tripura.”
“After the interrogation of these two NLFT cadres we have further conducted a raid at Dharmanagar railway station and arrested Fanijoy Tripura of Manikpur village in Dhalai district. We have recovered a 9 mm pistol, six live cartridges, many bank passbooks, SIM cards and several other documents including extortion notices, extortion rate charts, from their possession”, Chakraborty said.
“All of them are active hardcover NLFT extremist group members. They have been issuing extortion notices to local villagers and prominent personalities of the state. We are investigating the matter, hope more details would come out. As we all know that recently NLFT had issued a threat letter to East Tripura constituency MP Rebati Tripura. After that Tripura Police has activated its intelligence agencies and today we have succeeded,” Chakraborty added.
Earlier on December 20, 2019, as protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) mellowed down in Tripura, NLFT has written a letter to Tripura MP Rebati Mohan Tripura accusing him of betraying tribals of Tripura by supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and threatened to socially boycott him, declare him unfit for holding office.
NLFT came into being on March 12, 1989 with the agenda of sovereign Tripura under Dhananjoy Reang as its self-styled chairman. The outfit was banned in 1997 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and later under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). A large group of 88 NLFT ultras surrendered arms before the state government earlier in August last year.
On November 28, 2019, Inspector General of BSF Tripura Frontier, Solomon Yash Kumar Minz said that as per the report there may be around 24 persons of NLFT left so far.