Patihoy Tripura, an NLFT militant, managed to contact the officials of the BSF and left the base camp in Segunbagan in Chittogong hills of Bangladesh Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: The National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT), a banned militant outfit, has criticised both the Centre and state government of encouraging fake surrender of NLFT cadres over the years.

In a press release, D Yamrok, president of NLFT, said that the government is forcing innocent people to surrender in the name of the NLFT militants to gain vested interest. Referring to recent media reports, where it was reported that Patijoy Tripura alias Fulbalafa of Majhi Road Para, Raishiyabari, surrendered before the Border Security Force (BSF) as NLFT militant on December 31 last year, Yamrok said, “Patijoy Tripura is not a member of the NLFT. We ask both the government of India and the state government to stop such kind of fake surrenders in our name.”

It was reported that Patihoy Tripura, an NLFT militant, managed to contact the officials of the BSF and left the base camp in Segunbagan in Chittogong hills of Bangladesh.

The NLFT president also urged the people of Tripura to be careful regarding such kind of news appeared in the media.

Altogether, 12 militants from NLFT had surrendered to the BSF in 2018.

A press release issued by the NLFT claimed that the surrender of Patijoy was fake. The outfit has also condemned the state and Central government for encouraging fake surrenders in the name of the NLFT.

Talking to EastMojo, the DIG Sindhu Kumar said, “The surrender was made only after months of contact that we made with him while he was in his base camp in Bangladesh. The damage has been made and the backbone of the NLFT has already been broken. To gain the momentum, such fake claims are being made by the NLFT leaders to gain some confidence within their people, but more militants are going to surrender in the coming days.”

Earlier on December 31, Patihoy Tripura (38), an NLFT (BM), surrendered to the BSF in Teliamura BSF camp. Patihoy Tripura, who is a resident of Mojhimoni Raoja Para in Dhalai District of Tripura surrendered to the BSF, Teliamura infront of DIG BSF, Sidhu Kumar. However, during surrender, he did not submit any arm and ammunition.

BSF sources say that the surrendered militant was actively involved in various insurgency activities over the years. “He escaped from Salbagan Hills of Chittogong in Bangladesh only to surrender to the BSF,” sources added.

Earlier, two militants Sanjoy Tripura and Hiranjoy Tripura of the NLFT surrendered in front of AK Yadav, Inspector General of BSF in Salbagan BSF camp.

With the surrender of another militant Patihoy Tripura, the number of surrenders in the year 2018 stands at 12 and in the previous the number was 17 in the year 2017.

The Bangladesh law enforcement agencies have also played a crucial role in bringing the militants back to usual life, informed the sources in BSF.

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