Tripura shares 856-km-long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which around 67 km area is unfenced

Agartala: A site manager and two other workers engaged in border fencing were abducted by a group of suspected National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) militants from a bordering village near Maldakumar Para, some 20 Km from Ganganagar police station on Monday.

“Construction work was ongoing between the border pillar number 2277 and 2278 when the ultras abducted the three labourers amid tight security arrangements,” said an police official on condition of anonymity.

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The three abductees were identified as Subhas Bhowmik from Udaipur in Gomati district, Subal Debnath from Bishalgarh in Sepahijala district and Ganapati Tripura, a local from MK Para area.

They were employed by the National Project Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC). On receiving the information, Superintendent of Police Kishore Debbarma, commandant of Border Security Force (BSF) and the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) rushed to the spot with a huge contingent of security forces to trace the labourers.

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Sources confirmed seven militants from the banned NLFT outfit, of which three, including one in civil uniform, crossed the border and abducted the labourers. The militants were armed with AK-47 rifles, sources added.

On November 6, a picture of two youths with weapons had surfaced over the internet. The movement of the insurgency group around CK Bari, Desrai Para, and Amrit Para under Raisabari police station area to enter the territory of Tripura.

This comes barely a week after another person Litan Nath was abducted at gunpoint by a group of miscreants from Jairam Para near Katua Bridge under Damchhara police station.

Tripura shares 856-km-long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which around 67 km area is unfenced.

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The opposition party, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM), has expressed concern over the abduction of three workers from Ganganagar area of Ambassa sub-division in a press statement made available to EastMojo.

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“The CPIM is demanding the state government to take all possible measures to rescue the abductees and find the abductors and stand by the families of the abductees”, the party’s press statement said.

The state Congress vice-president Tapas Dey said the area is the hub of government partners and the equation is clear. The government should take action immediately, otherwise, the situation might go from bad to worse, he said.

“We have witnessed similar incidents during the 1980’s and 1990’s of the left front government. The police know everything, but they have remained silent. The abductees should be arrested immediately”, Dey said.

The BJP spokesperson was not available for comments.

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