NLFT militant
Nipen Babu Tripura, the NLFT militant. | PC: EastMojo image

Agartala: A member of the banned outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) surrendered before the Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) on Thursday, said Police.

The militant was identified as Nipen Babu Tripura, a resident of Rathapara under Gandacharra police station in Dhalai district.

He fled from NLFT (BM) Camp, Segunbagan, under the Pancharri Police Station in Khagrachari district, Bangladesh on March 22 and came to Khagracharri, Bangladesh.

“…On March 25 morning at about 06:30 hours he crossed IBB under Raishyabari PS and surrendered to the Superintendent of Police (Special Branch), Tripura”, said Subrata Chakraborty, Assistant Inspector General of Police (Law and Order).

During preliminary interrogation, Nipen Babu Tripura said he joined the NLFT (BM) in August 2018 and underwent training at Tagga, NSCN (K) General Head Quarter, Myanmar with other Northeast extremists.

After training, he returned to the Bangladesh NLFT camp through Aizawl, Mizoram in July 2020.

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“He was deputed to Segunbagan area in a group for field operation in the bordering areas opposite to Raishyabari, Gandacherra, Ganganagar, Chawmanu Police station. During field duty, he was involved in kidnapping of 3 (three) NPCC workers from Malda Kumar Para under Ganganagar PS on December 7 last year,” Chakraborty added.

He was also engaged in collection of extortion from bordering areas of Raishyabari, Gandacherra, Ganganagar, and Chawmanu Police station areas.

“During field experience, he realised that the so-called fight for independence of Tripura as allured by NLFT (BM) leaders is totally farce. On the other hand, the NLFT (BM) group is facing a serious financial/organisational/leadership crisis. Feeling frustrated with the present predicament of NLFT organisation and continuous pressure unleashed by Tripura Police forced him to join the mainstream of society,” the press statement reads.

Nipen Babu has stated that more leaders/ cadres of NLFT (BM) group are ready to surrender as the group is not in a position to sustain itself in Bangladesh, the police said.  

A team of ‘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 856-km long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which about 67-km area is unfenced.

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