Tripura 24-04-23: Despite insurgency activities coming to a standstill in Tripura, 12 youths have been recruited as cadres in the National Liberation Front of Tripura-Biswa Mohan Group (NLFT-BM) from Dhalai district, according to sources from the Intelligence department. The NLFT was banned in 1997 under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2002. The NLFT-PD (Parimal Debbarma) group is said to have very few cadres, while the NLFT-BM group is allegedly rebuilding its base by recruiting youths from remote villages. The group’s strength is reportedly around 30, with leaders located in the hill tracts of Chittagong in Bangladesh. The NLFT-BM group recently organized a recruitment drive in Dhalai district and inducted 12 youths, while Parimal Debbarma’s group is surviving with fewer cadres.
According to sources from the Intelligence department, the National Liberation Front of Tripura-Biswa Mohan Group (NLFT-BM) is still operating in Bangladesh’s Chittagong hill tracts but has been noticed conducting recruitment drives in remote villages of Tripura’s Dhalai district. The group, which was banned in 1997, has been struggling with financial crisis in recent years, and extortion notices were served to people living in the remote hamlets of Dhalai district. However, many cadres of NLFT-BM and another group, NLFT-PD, have met with security agencies’ personnel, including the Assam Rifles, for surrendering and returning to normal life. The Assam Rifles is encouraging the surrendered terrorists by providing them with new houses as a permanent solution for shelter. The authorities hope that such initiatives will encourage other militants to lay down their arms and join the mainstream of normal life.