Heightened movement of NLFT in remote areas of Dhalai district , alarm among people

By Our Correspondent

Agartala, Updated: January 21, 2022, 09:08:19 AM   

Heightened movement of NLFT in remote areas of Dhalai district , alarm among people

With the republic day knocking on the door , the banned NLFT militants have intensified their movement in the remote areas of Dhalai district. A sixteen member armed group of the outlawed outfit have been prowling in the thickly wooded areas in preparation for extortion from people as well as for launching attacks on security forces and civilians on the occasion of republic day on 26th January which always used to be a target date for the outfit’s violent attacks. 

Sources in the intelligence wing of state police said that the sixteen-member group led by Baitan Debbarma had crossed over into Dhalai district through the unfenced border with Chittagong hill-tracts of Bangladesh . They are now moving in different areas along the border to target police and paramilitary forces. The movement of NLFT has created grave concern among security forces because last year a NLFT gang had attacked and killed two BSF jawans in Chhawmanu area and made off with their service weapons. A similar attack is apprehended this time also and the security forces have been adopting precautionary measures to thwart any such attack this time. The entire security set-up along the state's eastern border has been put on high alert in view of reports of heightened movement of NLFT militants. 

Sources said that NLFT's  leadership strength has remained more or less intact as the supremo of the outfit Biswamohan Debbarma keeps moving between Bangladesh and Myanmar while Sachin and Sonadhan Debbarma remain stationed in hideouts in Bangladesh. Another senior leader Upendra Reang is also encamped in a remote area of Bangladesh and keeps control over movement and operational initiatives of hit squads of the outfit. Towards the end of 2020 the NLFT had tried to revive their activities  but could not proceed much but now with the assembly election barely a year away the outfit is trying to intensify their activities.