The trio were arrested in a coordinated effort of the Agartala police headquarters and North Tripura district police

Agartala: Weeks after a threat letter was issued to Tripura East MP Rebati Tripura by the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), the police arrested three members of the banned outfit from an Agartala-bound train on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, the North Tripura district police under the leadership of SP Bhanupada Chakraborty conducted a search operation in the passenger train and arrested two persons with illegal documents and subscription receipts of NLFT.

Speaking with reporters, Chakraborty said the operation was a coordinated effort of the police department. The Agartala headquarters and the North Tripura district police jointly conducted the operation and it was successful.

“For the last few days, the NLFT group had been issuing extortion notices to local villagers and prominent personalities of the state. We had activated the intelligence agencies and today we successfully nabbed the three militants,” the SP said.

Two of them tried to flee from Panisagar railway station but we arrested them successfully, Chakraborty said, adding: “After some time, during the search operation, the third person was arrested from the Dharmanagar railway station.”

“On searching the militants, a 9 mm pistol and six rounds of live ammunition, mobile, diary, subscription receipts and bank passbooks were recovered,” Chakraborty added.

The detained persons were identified as Phanijoy Reang of Manikpur, Samprai Debbarma of Mandai and Kanti Marak of Khedacherra. All three of them are being interrogated by the police and they would be produced in court.

The NLFT was formed in 1989 with the agenda of a sovereign Tripura under Dhananjoy Reang as its self-styled chairman. While most of NLFT have either surrendered or have been neutralised, a few hundred insurgents are still active across the Indo-Bangla international border.

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