AGARTALA, April 11 - Altogether twelve National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) militants have surrendered before a joint team of police and BSF at a remote Border Outpost (BOP) of North Tripura district, official sources said here on Monday.
The surrender of ten NLFT insurgents and two collaborators is seen as a major blow to the outlawed group as it is engaged in peace talks with the Centre.
The surrender took place on Sunday at Sewarampara BOP in Kanchanpur subdivision in the presence of police and BSF company commandant. During the surrender, they also deposited one each automatic SLR, AK-47, SLR rifle, INSAS rifle and two grenades.
This is a major surrender after the outfit engaged in a peace talk with the Centre last year. The surrender has been possible after a long effort and constant motivation by the security agencies.
The intelligence networks of the State police, security and intelligence agencies are constantly working on every movement of NLFT (BM) cadres and monitoring developments among those related to lower cadres.
Currently, the NLFT outfit is facing scarcity of funds and the condition of lower cadres is miserable. The frequent joint operations by Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) in Rangamati and Khagrachari districts and proposed establishment of new BOPs of BGB in Chittagong Hill Tracts are also creating a huge problem to the outlawed group for free movement across the border.
The State policy of promoting surrenders is giving cadres an opportunity to return to the mainstream. All the surrendered militants and their family members were sent to the State police authority for necessary steps for their rehabilitation.