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Tripura Insurgency, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 4, 2009

2 extortionists caught in Tripura

extortionists caught in Tripura

 AGARTALA, Jan 24 – Two extortionists
belonging to the NLFT were apprehended from a tribal village under Mungiakami
police station in West Tripura district while they were extorting money from
villagers on Wednesday.
Based on specific information that a group of NLFT collaborators were extorting
money from villagers at Baigunsingpara, TSR personnel rushed to the village and
chased them. Two collaborators were picked up by security forces while the
others managed to escape from the scene. During search, Rs 17,000 in cash was
recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, three persons kidnapped by BNCT extremists from Santipur in North
Tripura district in December last year, returned home on Wednesday.


tribal youth go missing(SHT_14_1_k8)

At least five tribal youths went missing from remote locations of

South Tripura
during past 23 days, police said here on Sunday. The report said the missing
youths were suspected to have joined militant organisation and undergoing
training in
Parents of one of the youth have alleged that a former militant had tried to
lure their son into militancy. Meanwhile, security has been tightened at
Agartala Airport in view of an alert over possible militant attack. (UNI)

NCP announces candidates for

Agartala: Ending a long speculation, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)
declared that it would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Tripura
alone.Two anti-left like-minded parties – the LJP and Trinamool Congress – had
approached the NCP to forge an electoral alliance to avoid splitting of
anti-Left votes.The NCP will contest the election alone to show its strength,
said Nirmalya Dasgupta, party’s state unit president said here on Thursday."The
Assembly election will be an acid test for the party. If we survive the test, it
will make the NCP’s presence felt in the electoral battle in the Left-ruled
state in the future," he pronounced.The party will contest in the four Assembly constituencies in the coming
Assembly in the Leftist heartland. Sanjib Deb and Dwijendra Chandra Sahaji will
contest from Barjala and Badharghat in West Tripura district while Bhopendra Lal
Bhowmik and Khanna Marak will contest from Matarbari in South Tripura district
and Chamanu in Dhalai district.The NCP also announced its manifesto for the
upcoming elections. The party’s manifesto focused on various problems in the
State. Formulation of proper recruitment policy, regularisation of all fixed pay
employees, empowerment of State’s Autonomous District Council (ADC), harassment
of indigenous tribes in the name of counter insurgency operation are the among
poll planks of the party.He further said that party’s stalwarts like Union
Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawer, PA Sangma and Tarik Anwar are expected to
visit the poll bound state to campaign for the party.


Tripura rebels step up offensive(TEL_ 3_1_k8)


Jan. 2:
A tribal youth
sustained serious bullet injuries, while another civilian was kidnapped at
gun-point in two separate incidents in South Tripura and Dhalai districts in the
past 24 hours. Coming on the footsteps of the killing of veteran CPM leader,
Chandramohan Debbarma, 61, in the north Maharani area under Khowai subdivision,
yesterday’s twin attacks have triggered panic and tension in the interior areas.
Divulging details of yesterday’s attacks, sources said around 6pm, a group of
heavily-armed NLFT militants came to Debendrapara village under Ampi police
station of South Tripura and fired at Rabijay Reang, 22, who was sitting in a
tea stall.

Rabijay was
seriously injured, but he managed to flee. He was later rushed to the G.B.
Hospital here.

Sources said
the NLFT had tried to kill Rabijay because he had refused to work for it and his
family had defaulted on the “annual tax payment”. As the news of the attack
spread, the sub-divisional police officer (Ampi), R. Darlong, and officer
in-charge Subrata Debnath rushed to Debendrapara village and launched a combing
operation. No arrests have been made. In another incident, a civilian, Madhu
Tripura, 35, was kidnapped from his house by NLFT militants late last night from
Dhananjay para village under Gandacherra police station. Madhu was taken towards
the Dhalajhari hill area, said sources.

Sources said
Madhu, a CPM worker, had earned the wrath of NLFT militants as he refused to
collect “tax” for them. Shortly after receiving the news, police personnel led
by SDPO (Gandacherra) Jiten Debbarma rushed to the spot and launched a combing
operation, but Madhu is yet to be traced. The leader of the newly- formed NCT
and legislator Animesh Debbarma has accused the CPM of sparking a fear psychosis
in the minds of the people of Kalyanpur and Pramod Nagar Assembly constituencies
in the wake of the killing of veteran CPM leader and member of the party’s
Khowai divisional committee Chandramohan Debbarma by the banned NLFT militants
on Monday.


Centre to review tourist security in NE
AGARTALA, Jan 11: The Centre has ordered
the State Tourism Ministries in the NE to review the safety and security
arrangements for tourists, particularly women, in the region by January 24 next.
In letter to the Chief Secretaries of the States, Ministry of Tourism informed
besides, reviewing security scenario, meant for the tourists, the meeting would
review tourism projects and related issues.
Official sources here today said that safety and security of the tourists of the
country as a whole and NE States in particular would be one of the main topics
on the agenda, while the State authorities were asked to present detailed report
on tourists’ security.
The latest communiqué of Tourism Ministry Secretary Shilabhadra Banerjee had
referred to recent media reports of harassment of women tourists and reminded
the State governments of the concerns of the Centre on the safety and security
of the foreign as well as domestic tourists. He had also advised in the past
about the need for deployment of Tourist Police at the places of tourist
importance reviewing the detail, officials added. (UNI)


Tripura tames insurgency to
attract investors

Agartala, Jan 23 (IANS): Tripura
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar says the ruling Left Front government’s success in
taming the decades-old tribal insurgency is helping the state attract investors
from as far as Japan and Germany.

"With the two-and-a-half-decade-old
militancy showing signs of abating, countries like China, Japan, Germany,
Thailand and Bangladesh, besides Indian investors, have shown interest to invest
in or provide financial assistance to Tripura," Sarkar told IANS in an

Sarkar said
China has agreed to provide technology to set up bamboo-based industries and
livelihood opportunities to farmers and tribal people, while the Japan Bank for
International Cooperation (JBIC) would provide Rs.3.66 billion as soft loan to
the state.

"Germany will also provide Rs.1.12
billion for ecological conservation projects and development of livelihood
resources for tribals and other forest dwellers," the chief minister said.

Last year, a Thai delegation led by
Commerce Minister Krirk-Krai Jirapaet visited Tripura and expressed interest to
invest in sectors like tourism, infrastructure, food processing and agro-based
industries, he said.

"Though the central government
praised the state government over its success in curbing militancy, we are not
complacent. We have been keeping our security forces on alert in combating
militancy and want a lasting solution," Sarkar said.

Taking credit for his government’s
achievements in stemming the insurgency, Sarkar said the number of
extremist-related incidents fell from 499 in 2000 to 103 in 2007. Similarly,
kidnappings have plunged from 542 in 2000 to 60 last year. Compared to 152
civilians killed in insurgency related violence in 2000, the toll in 2007 was
only 20, he said.

"Our government’s basic objective is
to improve the standard of living of all sections of people of Tripura, with
special emphasis towards the uplift of economic condition of the poor," the
chief minister said.

Tripura’s per capita average annual
income was only Rs.534 when it attained statehood in 1972 and the figure rose to
Rs.20,357 in the last economic survey conducted in 2004. People living below the
poverty line came down from 68 percent to 55 percent during the past eight

The 59-year-old Communist Party of
India-Marxist politburo member has now set his sight on creating political
history in Tripura by becoming chief minister for the third straight time with
assembly elections due next month.

"The state government has launched
separate perspective plans to achieve self-sufficiency in foodgrains, fish,
meat, dairy products and horticultural crops by 2010-12," Sarkar said, and
underlined his government’s focus on education. It wanted Tripura to be the
educational hub in the northeastern region.

"The literacy rate of the state has
increased to 81. 4 percent in 2005 from 30.98 percent in 1972. The school
dropout rate has also come down from 87.29 percent in 1972 to 61.08 percent in
2006," he said.

Healthcare is another area where the
state government has laid maximum stress, besides welfare schemes for uplifting
the downtrodden who account for about one-third of Tripura’s 3.5 million people,
Sarkar said.

Rejecting corruption charges levelled
by the opposition Congress, he said, "Social audit of development works and
their expenditure is being conducted in the state and people, irrespective of
party affiliations, are participating in the open auditing process. Can this be
seen in any other part of the northeastern region?"

The leftist leader also expressed his
confidence that the CPI-M would win the Feb 23 assembly poll for the sixth
consecutive time. "The Left Front government has so far not done any such thing
that went against the interests of the common people of the state," Sarkar said.


NLFT ultras gun down Communist leader


Agartala, Jan 1: The National
Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) militants shot dead a veteran tribal
Communist leader at Naksiraipara under Kalayanpur police station in West Tripura.
Police said here today that the extremists, equipped with rifles, confronted the
victim, Chandra Mohan Debbarma (60), at a tea stall yesterday and fired at him
from close range. Debbarma, local secretary of the CPI(M)’s tribal front
Ganamukti Parisad (GMP), sustained bullet injuries in his chest and died on the
spot, police said.
The commanding officer of the sixth TSR had launched special operations to
intercept the gang, police added. Meanwhile, the Left Front in Tripura accused
Opposition Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) of triggering terror
through underground outfits ahead of the Assembly elections. (UNI)


Five militant attacks in a week in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 2: As many as
five insurgency-related incidents were reported from different locations in
Tripura during the past one week, ahead of the Assembly elections, police said
here today.
A group of unknown miscreants, equipped with country-made guns, opened fire in
the Debendrapara forest under Ompi police station in South Tripura, injuring one
Rabijoy Reang (22) yesterday, police said.
In a separate incident, a group of suspected NLFT (BM) and BNCT extremists
abducted one Madhu Tripura (35) from Dhananjoypara under Gandacherra police
station last evening.
Meanwhile, police arrested three people in connection with the murder of veteran
communist leader Chandramohan Debbarma on December 30. (UNI)




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