Agartala: The Tripura police arrested four members of the banned outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) with weapons, subscription receipts from Arjunthakur Para under Takarjala police station under Sepahijala district.
Police identified them as Lal Thanga Reang (28), resident of Bhandarima under Anandabazar police station, Jiban Reang (38), resident of Duiganga under Khedachhara police station, Gangaram Reang, resident of Fuldungshei and Singhamani Reang, resident of Hailakandi under Kathichhara police station.
Gangaram Reang has been identified as a self-proclaimed NLFT lieutenant, while Singhamani Reang is a member of one of the extremist groups based in Hailakandi.
The police recovered one 9mm pistol, one .22 pistol, one .22 magazine, 18 cartridge rounds, 20 subscription receipts, two TeleTalk Sim of Bangladesh, one each of Airtel and Jio Sim cards, three keypad mobile, one android mobile, one mobile charger, Rs 730 in cash and a small diary were from their possession.
A case has been filed against them at Takarjala police station for illegal possession of weapons. However, the arrest of a member of the extremist group in Hailakandi has confirmed the fears of Tripura director general of police VS Yadav.
Earlier, Yadav said various extremist groups in the Northeast were coming together. He also said the youths are being lured to banned outfits to get financial assistance and due to unemployment in the hills.
On December 24, four top commanders of the banned outfit had surrendered before the police chief with weapons at the police headquarters.
Returnees from the NLFT-BM group include their ‘foreign secretary’ Rathan Kalai alias Reuben, ‘assistant organizing secretary’ Joy Sadhan alias Jara, ‘assistant public and information secretary’ Madhu Ranjan Noatia alias Yafung and ‘deputy chief of army staff’ Kukila Tripura alias Yarung.
A team of ‘Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal’ of the Home Ministry had visited Tripura in February this year to record evidence against two outlawed insurgent outfits. The Home Ministry had imposed a fresh ban of five years on the NLFT and ATTF on October 3, 2018, for their violent and subversive activities.