Maoists lend help to NLFT for reviving extremism

AGARTALA: Maoists have reportedly extended a helping hand to National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) for expanding the latter’s area of operation in the state, intelligence sources claimed on Friday.

Quoting the statement of five surrendered NLFT militants – Dhanu Koloi, Bishu Koloi, Rathashri Koloi, Asitu Mog and Dalphin Koloi – who had been arrested for allegedly working for the outfit, police said Maoists have opened a new front in Tripura.

Besides NSCN (K) and PLA of Manipur, NLFT has made an alliance with the Maoists to restart extremism in the state, they said. According to their confession, as many as 29 tribal youths had been sent to Myanmar to undertake arms training in Maoist camps last November.

“All of them were from the Mandai area on the outskirts of Agartala and they have been approached by a group of surrendered NLFT militants, who are staying in government accommodation, and are drawing monthly remuneration under rehabilitation scheme,” said police.

According to reports, a tribal-based political party has been motivating them to resort to extremism and during interrogation, they revealed the entire plan of action of the NLFT and a section of tribal leaders to police.

The first three were arrested while moving with Rs 25 lakh in cash and some incriminating documents on June 16. Based on their information, the other two were arrested. They also confessed that the money had been contributed by Costal Construction Private Ltd, a South-India based company, because NLFT had demanded Rs 50 lakh from it. But the deal was settled for Rs 25 lakh finally.

Dhanu received the money at a place near Paribahan Bhavan, Lake Chowmuhani Market in Agartala city, and was supposed to hand it over to outfit supremo Biswamohan Debbarma in Bangladesh. Coastal Construction Ltd was awarded with a huge contract to install barbed wire fencing along the Indo-Bangla border in Gandacherra and Longtarai Valley subdivisions.

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