Self-styled NLFT chief Parimal Debbarma arrested in Mizoram
Self-styled NLFT chief Parimal Debbarma arrested in Mizoram Credit: Representational image

Agartala: In a joint operation, the Tripura Police and Mizoram police in Aizawl have successfully arrested Parimal Debbarma, self-styled chief of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) Parimal Debbarma (PD) group, Tripura Director General of Police, VS Yadav said.

Speaking with reporters, Yadav said that Parimal Debbarma was arrested from Aizawl with the help of Mizoram police based on the report available with the special branch of Tripura police.

“On Friday, we received the information about Parimal reaching Aizawl on March 11 and accordingly we started preparing plans to arrest him. I spoke with the Mizoram DGP, and on Saturday morning he was detained by the police. The information came from within their group members and overground workers”, Yadav said.

He also said that in 2014, Primal had surrendered from the NLFT BM group and returned to the mainstream and remained inactive for two years. Later, he committed a murder and fled to Bangladesh where he formed his new group NLFT (PD).

“In 2020, a total of six cases and 2 cases in 2021 were registered against Parimal Debbarma and his group members. Many of his group members have also been arrested during the last year, including seizure of weapon and extortion notices of NLFT,” Yadav added.

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He also said that the recent activities of the NLFT group, like recruiting cadres and extortion plans, were disrupted based on internal inputs and the people of NLFT were arrested.

Speaking further, the DGP said that it was observed that the NLFT group was taking interest in the ADC election.

“It was also observed that the national political party’s senior leaders are connected with them to take advantage of them in the elections. Everything will be brought into light in course of the investigation,” Yadav added.

The DGP further said that the 45-year-old Parimal Debbarma’s arrest before the TTAADC election is certainly a big achievement for the Tripura Police and that it will ensure the peaceful conduct of elections in the state.

While talking about the hideouts of the NLFT groups, the top cop said that they take shelter in the camps located in Bangladesh and the bordering areas between Assam and Mizoram and keep on shifting from one place to another.

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“The Mizoram police had produced him in court so we could not interrogate him. We have arrested another associate and his interrogation is under process. On Sunday, the Tripura police will submit a petition for his transit remand in Mizoram,” Yadav informed.

The Damchara police station on Friday arrested Kanti Marak, a member of an extremist organization.

A few days ago, he was arrested by the police on charges of possessing a pistol. However, he was released on bail in that case. He was recently accused of threatening a contractor for the construction of the Damchara-Khedachara road.

The police questioned Kanti Marak and gathered information about Parimal Debbarma, the top leader of the NLFT.

The DGP also said that it has been observed that the people of the tribal community have given up on insurgency and have been asking the ones they know to return to the mainstream.

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With the arrest of Parimal Debbarma, the strength of the NLFT, which was around 70, will be reduced as only NLFT Bishwa Mohan (BM) group will be left active in Bangladesh.

The NLFT was formed in 1989 with the agenda of a sovereign Tripura under Dhananjoy Reang as its self-styled chairman. While most of NLFT have either surrendered or been neutralised, a few hundred insurgents are still active across the Indo-Bangla international border.

The NLFT was banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 1997 but has been involved in violence, operating from their camps across the international border.

NLFT has been responsible for violent activities, including 317 insurgency incidents, in which 28 security forces and 62 civilians lost their lives during the period 2005-2015. Peace talks with the NLFT were initiated in 2015 and there has been no violence from the NLFT since 2016.

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