Additional Director General of Police, Rajiv Singh inspecting border site from where workers were abducted on December 7 last

Agartala: In a successful operation, two youths were prevented from joining militancy as the Tripura Police apprehended them while they were on the way to Bangladesh, police said in a statement.

Police said that the acting on secret information on Friday Chawmanu Police Station arrested Arjun Reang (21), resident of Tuisakatar and Tilak Tripura alias Trina Mohan Tripura of Malirai Roaja Para from Chawmanu Motor Stand.

During interrogation, both revealed that Tilak Mohan Tripura had motivated Arjun Reang to join the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) (BM).

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“Arjun Reang had decided to join NLFT and left his house along with one Dahajoy Tripura to go to NLFT camp in Bangladesh for training through Naisaram Roaja Para under Manikpur police station. When Arjun Reang reached Chawmanu, the local police arrested him,” the press statement informed.

The press statement also informed that after the interrogation of Arjun Reang, the police arrested one Tilak Tripura from his house in Salema.

The arrest of the two suspects reveals that the activity and attempts of the banned NLFT group to revive its movement have continued in the hill region of Tripura.

Earlier, 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 December 7 last.

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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.

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.

Meanwhile, the additional director general (ADG) of police, Rajiv Singh on Monday visited the site from where the three workers were abducted on gun point.

During his visit, he was accompanied by the Dhalai district superintendent of police Kishore Debbarma, SDPO Ambassa and other senior officials from 164th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF).

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

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