Agartala: Three members of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) surrendered before the special branch headquarters with a pistol, 5 live rounds and extortion notices of NLFT (BM) extremist group, police said on Thursday.

Assistant Inspector General Subrata Chakraborty said it is yet another moment of reckoning for Tripura police.

“Over the last few months, the state police has got consistent success against the remaining factions of NLFT extremists. Recent drives against extremists have paid very effective results. This is virtually leading us to an insurgency-free state,” a police statement said.

Rupadhan Debbarma (30) of Tufaniamura under Takarjala police station in Sepahijala district, Amush Tripura (32) of Sindhu Pathar under Manu Bazar police station in South Tripura district, Dilip Debbarma (43) of Bangshi Para under Mungiakami police station in Dhalai district fled from their Bangladesh hideout and surrendered before the Tripura Police at special branch on Wednesday.

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They have deposited one pistol with 5 live rounds and extortion notices of the NLFT (BM) extremist group.

During preliminary interrogation, it was revealed that these three listed extremists joined the group in the early part of 2018 and underwent training at the Myanmar and Bangladesh training camps of NLFT (BM).

“They were assigned to collect extortion money from interior bordering areas of the state. Seeing the hardship of jungle life and ill behaviour of their so-called leaders, who are enjoying a luxurious life in Bangladesh and Myanmar, and also the all outdrive of Tripura police with TSR and other Central Forces against insurgency, they got frustrated and have chosen the path of joining the mainstream of life,” the statement said.

A team of the ‘Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal’ of the Home Ministry had visited Tripura earlier in February to record evidence against the 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.

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

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