Agartala: Barely a week after Tripura police arrested four members of the banned outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) with weapons and subscription, Tripura police on Wednesday arrested four persons, including an ultra from Raishyabari market and seized Rs 15 lakh in cash from Dhalai district, about 135 km from here.
In a statement issued by Tripura Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police Subrata Chakraborty said that banned extremist organisation NLFT has been circulating extortion notices in the jurisdiction of Raishyabari PS, specially amongst construction agencies engaged in border fencing work.
“During the course of the investigation, we found that a group of NLFT extremists with sophisticated arms led by Bikram Bahadur Jamatia @ Bomthom was camping opposite to Raishyabari border inside Bangladesh at Sambhumani Para, PS Panchari, District Khagrachari and was engaged in extortion from the border construction agencies,” Chakraborty said.
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The statement added that some of these agencies, instead of taking police help, are “assisting the extremist group” by providing money clandestinely.
Based on an intelligence input, an operation was carried out at Raishyabari market area by a team of police and TSR personnel led by Raishyabari PS officer in-charge sub-inspector Ajit Debbarma on Wednesday. The team detained three persons in a car with Rs 15 lakh in cash from their possession.
“On preliminary investigation, they confessed that they were waiting for the members of NLFT extremists group to hand over the money. Subsequently, further raids were conducted based on their statements and one Sonamohan Tripura of Nitya Kumar Para PS Raishyabari was also detained in connection with the case,” the official said.
The three contractors arrested were identified as Amit Bhowmik of Bholagiri Ashram, Suman Majumdar of Singicherra Khowai and Arjun Debnath of Udaipur. All four of them have been arrested under charges of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
Earlier on December 24, four commanders of the banned insurgent group National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) Biswa Mohan group surrendered with arms before the Tripura police.
The Director General of police VS Yadav said that the youths are being lured to join the banned outfits in return of financial assistance owing to unemployment in the hills.
A team of ‘Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal’ of the Home Ministry had visited Tripura in February last 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.