Agartala: Two members of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) surrendered before the North Tripura SP in presence of DIG (North Range) Lalhminga Darlong on Thursday, the police said.
One of the militants has been identified as Uttam Kishore Jamatia, a resident of Udaipur in Gomati district and self-styled ‘sepoy’ of NLFT’s Biswa Mohan (BM) group.
He joined the outfit in 2001 and underwent training at the ‘Hong Kong camp’ of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region in Bangladesh. After training, he was deployed under SK Kolai, a self-styled 2nd lieutenant of the NLFT, the police said.
“He took part in many operations of the NLFT, including the killing of 17 CRPF jawans in an ambush at Chechingcharra in South Tripura district and an ambush on two buses of CRPF, besides many kidnapping cases,” the police said in a press statement.
Earlier, he was arrested from Baikora police station area of Belonia sub-division of South Tripura district and was twice detained at Udaipur jail under insurgency-related cases. He was currently working under the D Umthai command and was involved in carrying arms from Myanmar via Dimapur under instructions of Joseph Jamatia, the police said.
The police also informed that Joseph Jamatia alias Kishore alias Michel alias Shuva Kumar, a self-styled ‘sergeant’ of the D Umthai group, surrendered before the police.
He was a ‘town commander’ of Dimapur in Nagaland and was the main link was between NSCN-IM and NLFT (D Umthai).
In April 17, 2017, he was involved in the looting of MGNREGA funds worth Rs 18 lakh under Jampuijala police station. He was also arrested in a case under Section 148/149/326/307/386 of the IPC, 27 of the Arms Act and 13 of the ULA Act.
Both the militants laid down their arms and decided to return to the mainstream. The police seized three revolvers with ammunition from their possession.
A team of ‘Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal’ of the Union home ministry had visited Tripura earlier in February to record evidence against the NLFT and ATTF. The home ministry had imposed a fresh ban of five years on the two outfits 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.