Agartala: Ahead of 75th Independence Day, two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were reportedly killed in an ambush with suspected militants of the banned National Liberation Front of Tripura’s Biswamohan faction (NLFT-BM) at the RC Nath Border Outpost (BOP) in Dhalai district of Tripura near the India-Bangladesh border on Tuesday morning.

Sources from BSF, on condition of anonymity, said that the incident occurred between 5.30 and 6.30. A team of security personnel was out for checking of border fencing when came under attack by the militant group.

“The jawans were ambushed by around 10 armed militants, who were suspected to be from the NLFT (BM) group. Efforts are on to locate the perpetrators of the attack,” the official said.

The two martyred BSF personnel (64 battalion), who were posted at the RC Nath BOP, have been identified as Sub-inspector (SI) Bhuru Singh and Constable Raj Kumar.

“Every day, early in the morning, BSF jawans check the border fence to see if it is damaged. When the jawans reached somewhere near the fencing on Tuesday morning, they were ambushed by the militants in which two BSF personnel made the supreme sacrifice,” the official added.

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Earlier, a team of ‘Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal’ of the Union home ministry had visited Tripura 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 an 856-km long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which about 67-km area is unfenced.



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