In the run upto State Assembly
elections NLFT claimed that allegations that they have pledged
support to IPFT was baseless. The NLFT 'president' D. Yamrok stated
that NLFT would not support any political party in election.
Amra Bangali (We the Bengali) announced its decision
to contest the coming Assembly elections in Tripura. The party
held a rally in Agartala (West Tripura District) to protest against
what it called the atrocities on 'indigenous Bengali people in
Assam' and condemned attempts to create separate 'Tipraland'.
UMHA will send 300 companies of CAPF's for the
Assembly elections in February. The CAPF contingent will comprise
of BSF, CRPF and ITBP. The first lot comprising 25 companies of
CAPF arrived on January 12 while 50 more companies will reach
Tripura by January 20. Additionally 12 battalions of TSR will
also be available for election duties.
The state already has over 35,000 security force
personnel comprising BSF, CRPF and TSR. During the last Assembly
elections in February 2013, around 20,000 CAPF personnel were
Six teenaged Rohingya Muslims have been arrested
in Tripura's Dharmanagar in North Tripura District, bordering
Assam. Tripura Police stated that the youngsters, all from Myanmar
and aged around 18 years, entered Tripura from Bangladesh on January
12 and were trying to go Hyderabad by train.
A senior intelligence officer stated that NLFT
has around 13-15 hideouts in Bangladesh. The camps exist in various
areas such as Khagracherri, Bandarban and Segunbagan in CHT.
Additionally the cadre strength of NLFT is estimated
at about 60-70 militants with its 'army chief' Sachin Debbarma,
a former ATTF militant.
The intelligence official also added that NLFT
leadership is in such a pathetic condition, that they will not
be able to play any role during the Assembly elections. Another
official confirmed the fragile condition of the outfit saying
that the BGB has already established some BOPs in CHT.
An NLFT militant identified as Uttam Debbarma
alias Uphil surrendered at Dhalai District. He surrendered
with an automatic rifle.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on February
4 stated that militant activities in northeast India have been
checked due to Bangladesh's great help and support. The Minister
stated that 'Bangladesh's immense help and support facilitated
India to tame the terrorist activities in northeastern states.
Our relation with Bangladesh now at best place'.
An individual identified as Naresh Chakma , was
arrested with three .22 caliber pistols and 500 rounds of live
ammunition at the railway station in the Badharghat area of Agartala
in West Tripura District. According to authorities, the arrested
individual stated that he was about to sell the weapons across
the border in Bangladesh.
MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju stated that
GoI has revised stipend amount and fixed deposit for the surrendered
militants in Northeast. The new surrender scheme will come into
effect from April 2018. The monthly allowance would be increased
from INR 3,000 to INR 6,000. Moreover, the militants will be given
a relief amount of INR 400,000 which was earlier INR 1, 50,000.
CM Manik Sarkar stated that NLFT was active in
Tripura and Bangladesh. He also alleged that IPFT was the fašade
of the NLFT. IPFT has been demanding Twipraland, a separate state
for indigenous communities
Three crude bombs were recovered from Uttarpara
area in West Tripura District hours before the arrival of Prime
Minister of India. A BJP leader stated that CPIM were behind the
incident. The state Assembly polls are scheduled for Feb 18.