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.
||UMHA report also stated that militancy
in the Northeast is on the decline. According to the report, the
seven states in the northeast registered 308 militancy-related cases
last year, down from 484 in 2016. In 2015, there were 574 insurgency-related
cases reported while the year before that registered a staggering
824 such incidents. Tripura and Mizoram emerged as the most peaceful
states in the region.
The CAPF has started deploying across the state
to prevent post poll violence. The forces comprising of CRPF,
BSF, CISF, personnel will perform duty during the counting process
in twenty centers across the state on March 3. According to IG
law and Order ''There will be 60 companies of CRPF for area domination
purpose after counting of polled EVMs to prevent any kind of violence
or intimidation'. Moreover, there will be twelve battalions of
Tripura State Rifles to assist the central forces in maintaining
law and order after the counting process.'
In an effort to resolve the long standing Bru
refugee crisis in Tripura, UMHA Special Secretary for Internal
Security Mahesh Kumar Singla arrived in Tripura. Officials stated
that MHA envoy would join discussions with District Collectors
and SPs from three Districts of Mizoram at BSF's sector headquarters
at Panisagar in North Tripura.
With less than two weeks to go for counting of
ballots Tripura Government has started deploying CAPFs to prevent
post-poll violence. IG Law and Order stated that 'There will be
60 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for area domination
purpose after counting of polled Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs)
to prevent any kind of violence'.
Three-member delegation of the Union Ministry
of Home Affairs (UMHA), comprising Special Secretary for Internal
Security Rina Mitra, adviser (Northeast) on Bru repatriation Mahesh
Kumar Singla and Joint Secretary Satyendra Garg, met the refugee
leaders in Agartala. For the last 21 years, over 35,000 Reang
refugees have been staying in six camps at Kanchanpur in North
MBDP apex body of displaced Bru tribals, on March
17 warned of a "democratic movement" against the Centre's "harsh
decision" to close down all Reang refugee relief camps and stop
ration through PDS.
Joint Secretary of UMHA Mahesh Kumar Singla stated
that rehabilitation of Bru Refugees in Tripura to Mizoram has
been halted. When asked about the rehabilitation of the Reang
refugees who have came from Mizoram and are living a life of refugees
for the past 20 years at Kanchanpur and Panisagar sub-divisions,
the Secretary stated that 'The Reang refugees do not wants to
go to Mizoram as they don't get land "patta" out there in Mizoram
which the indigenous people of Tripura get. Moreover they have
demanded 2 acre of land for each family for going 'back to Mizoram
which the Mizoram government has clearly rejected'. He also added
that 'The Central Government has announced a package of 147 cr.
for their rehabilitation program from which the Mizoram Government
have already received 7.90 cr. But it won't be wrong to say that
the program is on halt and needs to bring on board all the stakeholders
and we are working on it.
IPFT leaders joined a rally in New Delhi organised
by the NFNS seeking new states. Failing this, the federation has
threatened to launch a united political front before the 2019.
Youth IPFT leader Shuklacharan Noatia stated that 'Twipraland
is a political demand and so are all others. The protest was successful'.
The ABSU president Promod Boro stated that that if the BJP-led
government did not fulfil their separate state demands, the NFNS
would form a political front before the 2019 elections.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on March
20 assured Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb that he would
sanction two additional IRBN. Tripura currently has got 12 battalions
of TSR the state's own armed police wing. The two IR battalions
sanctioned for Tripura would generate direct employment for about
Tripura Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister
Jishnu Devvarma, discussed border fencing, maintenance of border
roads, apart from other security issues, with the home minister
Rajnath Singh also assured Deb that he would consider the feasibility
of installing CCTV cameras on the border fence with Bangladesh
on the Tripura frontiers and set up a central control and monitoring
room to prevent any illegal activities on the border
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju
that new rehabilitation policy for surrendered militants in the
Northeast with almost doubled stipend will come into force from
April. The monthly stipend for a surrendered militant has been
revised from INR 3,500 to INR 6,000 and the one-time grant from
INR 1,50,000 to INR 4,00,000.
More incentives have been added for the weapons
surrendered. A surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme for the Northeast
militants is in force since April 1998. Many, however, said the
stipend offered under the scheme needed revision as cadres of
many outfits were resorting to crimes like extortion as the amount
offered by the government had not been revised for years. An official
statement said 'A surrender-cum-rehabilitation scheme for the
Northeast militants is in force since April 1998. Many, however,
said the stipend offered under the scheme needed revision as cadres
of many outfits were resorting to crimes like extortion as the
amount offered by the government had not been revised for years'.
The statement also said that Assam has spend about
INR 75 million for militant rehabilitation while Manipur spend
INR 11.9 million and Tripura 11.8 million Militants who have signed
cease fire agreements have demanded that the stipend be increased
to cater to rising prices and prevent youths from returning to
militancy. Number of surrendered militants in north east has reduced
from 1,195 in 2012 to 130 in 2017. The statement said at least
640 militants surrendered in 2013, followed by 965 in 2014, 143
in 2015, 267 in 2016 and three till February 2018.
UMHA is planning to create a separate Central
fund for security related provisions and even for constructing
the requisite police infrastructure and to get their forces trained
to handle the local crime situation. A source in UMHA added that
'We will also give them training with weapons and intelligence
gathering'. He also added that 'Local crime must be handled and
citizens must engage with the local police for their grievances.
Not only it infuses a sense of normalcy, the local police also
get engaged in vital intelligence gathering to aid security forces.
It gets further teeth to handle criminals and miscreants to ensure
'business as usual', eventually leading to big infrastructure
projects, roads and connectivity networks and crime-free inter
region passage to boost tourism'.
According to government sources, 'The MHA feels
that the para-military and other special forces deployed in the
region can be engaged exclusively in intelligence gathering against
terror modules, patrolling the borders and for special operations
other than local crime and maintaining law and order in North
According to sources in government the idea to
engage the local police is encouraged by its recent experiences
in Manipur and Assam. A source stated that 'In Manipur, the abductions
have come down drastically since we started engaging the local
police to handle it. In Assam too, the violent incidents have
come down and we're now laying our focus on other States like
Arunachal, Mizoram and Nagaland to tackle crimes of cross-border
infiltration as the para-forces can check on the borders, but
those who still sneak in can only be identified and caught with
local intelligence gathered by State cops'
18 Rohingya refugees, en route to Delhi in search
of jobs, were arrested from Teliamura in Khowai District. Khowai
Superintendent of Police (SP) stated that 11 men, three women
and four children were detained after the Guwahati-bound bus they
were travelling in was raided following a tip-off. Tripura shares
an 856km border with Bangladesh.
According to the police, Rohingya refugees use
the neighboring country as a corridor to enter India. On January
14 this year, six Rohingya refugees were arrested from Dharmanagar
railway station in North Tripura and eight others were arrested
from the Khayerpur market area in West Tripura district, on November
GoI has revised the surrender-cum-rehabilitation
policy of militants in the northeastern states with effect from
April 1. The grant for surrendered militants has been raised to
INR 4,00,000 from INR 1,00,000 and the monthly stipend to INR
6,000 from INR 3,500 for three years.
According to UMHA official, revised policy also
includes provisions for vocational training, funds for construction
of rehabilitation camps and compulsory Aadhaar biometric registration
of surrenderees. The surrender-cum-rehabilitation policy in the
Northeast has been implemented since 1998. Under the revised SRE
in the region, ex gratia for civilians killed has been doubled
to INR 1,00,000 and for Police personnel it has been increased
to two million from INR 3,00,000. For Police personnel who suffer
from permanent disability the ex gratia has been increased from
INR 75,000 to INR 3,00,000.
Additionally, the salary for home guards has been
increased from INR 4,500 to INR 6,000. Moreover, honorarium for
village defence guards doubled to INR 3,000.
India has identified 120 vulnerable points along
its 4,096km Indo-Bangladesh border and deployed additional BSF
troopers to detect and push back Rohingya refugees if they try
to enter the country. Unnamed Union Home Ministry sources said
on April 25 said that the BSF, which has intensified patrol, has
been told to only "push" the infiltrators back into Bangladesh
and not arrest them so that they don't become a "liability".
Three-member team of NIA reached Tripura to interrogate
24 Bangladeshi youths who were arrested with forged documents
in Agartala. Earlier, a separate team of the investigation agency
led by superintendent of police Vivekananda Das questioned the
arrested youths, who were suspected to have terror links.
Insurgency-related incidents in the Northeast
dropped by 36 per cent in 2017, the lowest in 20 years. The annual
report of the home ministry (2017-18) said such incidents decreased
to 308 in 2017 compared to 484 in 2016 while Mizoram and Tripura
reported no such incident in 2017