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The Tribunal will be on a three-day visit to Agartala for recording the activities of the two banned militants starting from February 2. Credit: File Image

Agartala: A team of “Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal”, formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, would visit Tripura from February 2-4 to record evidence against two outlawed insurgent outfits.

The Home Ministry had imposed a fresh ban of five years on the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) and the All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) on October 3, 2018 for their violent and subversive activities.

The government had formed this tribunal on November 15 last year headed by the Judge of Delhi High Court Suresh Kait to adjudicate if the two outfits are should be banned or not.

A ban for five years was imposed upon the militant outfits on October 3, later a fresh notice was issued on November 27 seeking their response within 30 days.

The notice issued by the Tribunal said that the NLFT and ATTF can represent themselves on these dates at 10:30 am before the Tribunal at Agartala by making a communication to the registrar of the Tribunal well in advance.

The ATTF was formed on July 11, 1990 under the leadership of Ranjit Debbarma whereas the NLFT came into existence on March 12, 1989 under the leadership of Dhananjoy Reang, who was later expelled in 1993 and was taken over by Nayanbasi Jamatia.

NLFT was outlawed in the year 1997 under the Unlawful (Prevention) Act and later under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). The ATTF remained active until the leader Ranjit Debbarma was arrested from Bangladesh in 2012.

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