Tripura Timeline 2018



January 8

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.

January 11

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'.

January 12

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 deployed.

January 14

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.

January 16

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.

January 25

An NLFT militant identified as Uttam Debbarma alias Uphil surrendered at Dhalai District. He surrendered with an automatic rifle.

February 4

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'.

February 8

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.

February 10

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.

February 14

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

February 15

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.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.