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Peace talks had started in 2015 and till date, five round of tripartite talks have already taken place
Peace talks had started in 2015 and till date, five round of tripartite talks have already taken place|Representational Image
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Tripura: NLFT writes to home minister Amit Shah for peace talks

Peace talks started in 2015 with Centre and till date five rounds of tripartite talks have already taken place, says D Yamrok, president of the banned rebel group

Chandan Panday

Chandan Panday

Agartala: The National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), a banned armed rebel group, has sent a letter to Union home minister Amit Shah for holding a peace agreement within July in order to arrange good education for their children.

In the letter dated June 22, NLFT president D Yamrok informed Shah of the meeting that took place for peace talks with the central government before he became the Union home minister. The NLFT leader also mentioned that peace talks started in 2015 with the government of India and till date, five rounds of tripartite talks have already taken place.

“The government representatives assured many times that the peace agreement would take place soon and accordingly the organisation had taken all necessary steps. We even did not enroll our children’s name for the new academic session,” said Yamrok.

He requested the home minister to do all the needful so that the organisation can have a peace agreement with the government of India within July so that they can get their children enrolled in schools in Tripura.

Notably, when Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb met the then Union home minister Rajnath Singh on September 20, 2018, he had a detailed discussion to finalise a scheme for the surrender and rehabilitation of remaining militants of NLFT and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) and, steps to bring the two militants outfits overground.

NLFT participated in a tripartite peace talk with government of India and Tripura in the second week of October, 2018 and a press statement was released on October 14, 2018 by NLFT. The banned armed rebel group claimed that it was a successful talk and they are looking forward for a permanent solution.

However, NLFT president D Yamrok earlier said: “NLFT is looking for a permanent solution of the Borok nation and to bring peace in the state.” He added that they are bound to take revolutionary means and they too want to live a peaceful life. In that tripartite talk, NLFT was represented by its president, information and publicity secretary and chief of its army.

Copy of the letter written by NLFT to Amit Shah
Copy of the letter written by NLFT to Amit Shah
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The NLFT came into existence on March 12, 1989 under the leadership of Dhananjoy Reang, who was later expelled in 1993 and was taken over by Nayanbasi Jamatia.

NLFT was outlawed in the year 1997 under the Unlawful (Prevention) Act and later under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).

Earlier a team of "Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal", formed by the ministry of home affairs, visited Tripura from February 2-4 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.

The government had formed the tribunal on November 15, 2018 headed by the Judge of Delhi High Court Suresh Kait to adjudicate if the two outfits are to be banned or not.

A ban for five years was imposed upon the militant outfits on October 3, later a fresh notice was issued on November 27 seeking their response within 30 days.