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AGARTALA, Feb 17 � With the slogan for �Independent Tripura� getting faded over time, the proscribed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) now wants to get into a peace process with the Centre, highly placed sources confirmed here today.

Once a formidable insurgent group, the NLFT is now facing a lot of trouble in the neighbouring country � Bangladesh.

Following persistent pressure from the Indian security agencies, the Bangladeshi Border Guards (BGB) and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have raided several infrastructures of the outfit.

According to intelligence inputs, after the recent crackdown on its infrastructures by the Bangladeshi security agencies, the NLFT is now left with 13 to 15 hideouts in that country and most of them are situated in the Chittagong Hill Track (CHT) area.

In the wake of the tough stand of the government against militancy, some of insurgents have also fled from their hideouts. The cadre strength of the outfit has now been reduced to 120/130 and the outfit�s bid to recruit fresh cadres remains on papers only.

Sensing impending troubles, the NLFT has established contacts with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), expressing its keenness to start a peace talk. With NLFT supremo Biswamohan Debbarma on the run, his deputy � NLFT vice-president Upendra Debbarma is trying hard to initiate a peace dialogue with the MHA.

According to sources, on behalf of the MHA, the Subsidiary Intelligence Branch (SIB) has been overseeing the pre-talk process. Sources added that the Centre has made it clear that it is ready to have peace negotiation with any insurgent groups, but violence must stop at any cost before that. Moreover, the peace parlays must remain within the framework of the Indian Constitution.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his recent visit to the State, had appealed the insurgent groups to shun the path of violence so that developmental activities can begin in the region. He had added that the Centre, for a lasting solution to the problems in the Northeast, will have parlays with any outlawed group, but within the framework of the Constitution and provided they abjure violence.

To pave the way for initiating the peace dialogue, the NLFT has already stopped violence, according inputs from across the border. And they (NLFT) are unlikely to resort to any kind of violence during the elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

The Tripura government has been kept in the dark regarding the peace process as per the wish of the outfit, which claims to have bitter past experiences.

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NLFT begins peace initiative

AGARTALA, Feb 17 � With the slogan for �Independent Tripura� getting faded over time, the proscribed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) now wants to get into a peace process with the Centre, highly placed sources confirmed here today.

Once a formidable insurgent group, the NLFT is now facing a lot of trouble in the neighbouring country � Bangladesh.

Following persistent pressure from the Indian security agencies, the Bangladeshi Border Guards (BGB) and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have raided several infrastructures of the outfit.

According to intelligence inputs, after the recent crackdown on its infrastructures by the Bangladeshi security agencies, the NLFT is now left with 13 to 15 hideouts in that country and most of them are situated in the Chittagong Hill Track (CHT) area.

In the wake of the tough stand of the government against militancy, some of insurgents have also fled from their hideouts. The cadre strength of the outfit has now been reduced to 120/130 and the outfit�s bid to recruit fresh cadres remains on papers only.

Sensing impending troubles, the NLFT has established contacts with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), expressing its keenness to start a peace talk. With NLFT supremo Biswamohan Debbarma on the run, his deputy � NLFT vice-president Upendra Debbarma is trying hard to initiate a peace dialogue with the MHA.

According to sources, on behalf of the MHA, the Subsidiary Intelligence Branch (SIB) has been overseeing the pre-talk process. Sources added that the Centre has made it clear that it is ready to have peace negotiation with any insurgent groups, but violence must stop at any cost before that. Moreover, the peace parlays must remain within the framework of the Indian Constitution.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his recent visit to the State, had appealed the insurgent groups to shun the path of violence so that developmental activities can begin in the region. He had added that the Centre, for a lasting solution to the problems in the Northeast, will have parlays with any outlawed group, but within the framework of the Constitution and provided they abjure violence.

To pave the way for initiating the peace dialogue, the NLFT has already stopped violence, according inputs from across the border. And they (NLFT) are unlikely to resort to any kind of violence during the elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

The Tripura government has been kept in the dark regarding the peace process as per the wish of the outfit, which claims to have bitter past experiences.