Fleeing Bangladeshi camp, six Tripura militants surrender

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Agartala, May 13 (IANS) Six guerrillas of National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), who fled from their Bangladeshi hideout, have surrendered to the police, officials said here on Friday.

The guerrillas were led by their self-styled Second Lieutenant Gantha Charan Rupini, 39, and their surrender took place on Thursday night, Tripura police spokesman Uttam Kumar Bhowmik said.

Aged between 34 and 39, the militants told the police they recently fled from the NLFT camps at Chittagong Hill Tracts in southeast Bangladesh.

According to them, more NLFT cadres from Bangladesh were likely to surrender, Bhowmik said.

Over the past one month, 22 NLFT rebels with a huge quantity of arms and ammunition have surrendered to the Tripura police after escaping from their hideout in Bangladesh.

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NLFT cadres and All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militants undergo arms training in hideouts in Bangladesh which shares an 856-km border with Tripura.

Banned in 1997 by the union home ministry, the two outfits advocate secession of Tripura from India. ATTF, however, has become almost defunct due to the surrender of most of its cadres.

A senior police official, citing intelligence reports, said that Bangladesh Army and security forces in separate raids have recently busted two different camps of NLFT and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah faction) in mountainous Chittagong Hill Tracts.



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